A herniated disc is a fragment of the disc nucleus that is pushed out of the annulus, into the spinal canal through a tear or rupture in the annulus.
A single excessive strain or injury may cause a herniated disc. However, disc material degenerates naturally as one ages, and the ligaments that hold it in place begin to weaken. As this degeneration progresses, a relatively minor strain or twisting movement can cause a disc to rupture. Certain individuals may be more vulnerable to disc problems and, as a result, may suffer herniated discs in several places along the spine. Research has shown that a predisposition for herniated discs may exist in families with several members affected.
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A herniated disc can be caused by natural aging and the normal wear and tear your body undergoes over time. and can result in the following:
- Excruciating back pain
- Loss of range of motion
- Stiffness and difficulty in standing up straight
- Numbness and weakness in buttox, leg, or foot
- Tenderness of the spine
The appropriate chiropractic treatment is unique to each herniated disc and is directed at the primary dysfunctions detected during the chiropractic exam.