| Think of a disc as a jelly donut. Inside
the disc is a rather soft center called the "nucleus", surrounded
by a thick tough outer layer (actually multiple layers) called the
"annulus". When intact, the disc allows controlled and smooth movement
of the spinal vertebrae. Unfortunately the disc has a very poor blood
supply. Remember, the blood contains vital nutrients your body needs
for proper tissue repair. As a result, when discs are injured, healing
can be very slow and often incomplete, compared to blood-rich muscle.
The ligaments holding the spine bones together also have poor blood
supply therefore often heal slowly. If you've had pain more than a
week, the chances are real good you suffered either a joint injury
to the spine, or a disc injury. But there is a solution.
Specific spinal adjustments (commonly referred to a "manipulation")
have been proven to be effective for both acute and chronic low back
pain, including disc injury. Spinal manipulation loosens those stiff
and painful joints of the spine, thereby breaking the "pain-spasm
cycle". Manipulation has also been shown to actually help re-hydrate
degenerated discs by putting motion in the spine. MRI studies demonstrate
that manipulation can even shrink swollen irritated discs. Lumbar
Decompression Therapy (LDT) is even more effective in the treatment
of acute and chronic disc injury, with an amazing 86% success rate
according to the inventor of LDT.
Spinal adjustment or manipulation is proven, safe, gentle, and effective
treatment for disc injury and other causes of low back pain. Call
our office today to schedule a thorough examination to determine if
your condition can be effectively treated with Chiropractic care.
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out the research related to the treatment of acute and chronic low
back and neck pain.