spinal-5Commonly called ‘herniated disc’ or ‘ruptured disc’ (or misleadingly called ‘slipped disc’), a disc prolapse is one of the most common painful conditions of the spine. The spinal column is made up of a number of bones called vertebrae. Between these vertebrae are discs which prevent the bones from rubbing against each other during movement and act as shock absorbers during impact. In the lumbar spine (lower back), the discs are made of fibrous outer layers and a gel-like inner centre. When the outer layers becomes worn through overuse or injury, the inner layer can leak or “prolapse” out of the disc and cause pain.

Sometimes, all it takes is a sudden and forceful movement (such as bending, lifting or even sneezing) to put too much strain on an already weakened disc and cause severe pain. If the prolapsed substance touches a nerve, pain, weakness, and reduced sensation can be felt along the nerve, usually down the buttock or to the leg. This is known as sciatica.

Staying active during the acute stages of lower back pain is preferred over bed rest, as long as the activity does not aggravate the pain.  Also, the use of ice over heat is strongly recommended.

So, if you are looking for a Chiropractor in East Bentleigh, Moorabbin, Bentleigh, South Oakleigh, Oakleigh, Hughesdale, Murrumbeena, Carnegie, Ormond, McKinnon and Heatherton
to help manage back pain, neck pain, headaches, stiffness, arthritis, sciatica or other symptoms associated with disc injuries, then call East Bentleigh Health Group to see a chiropractic on 9579 3999.