What are Spinal Discs?
Spinal discs are rubber-like ligaments located between each of the vertebra in the spine. Each is designed to act as a shock absorber, and also as a glue, if you will, to hold all of the vertebrae pieces together. They allow more flexibility for the back, and also act as a protective encasing for the fragile spinal cord located within the spinal column itself.
Causes of Damaged and Ruptured Discs
Slipped and herniated discs can be a result of overexertion, heavy lifting, repetitive movements, obesity, athletic activities, or traumatic injuries. If a person becomes involved in an accident of some kind, or if they experience a harsh fall, the ligaments can either become misplaced or misaligned, resulting in a slipped or herniated disk. Also, when our bodies begin to age, the discs start losing their pliability. This will also cause them to become more susceptible to regular wear and tear.
Signs of Slipped Disks
Those who might be suffering from disc problems could be experiencing pain and numbness centralized to one side of the body, which could potentially extend to the arms and legs, as well. At times, patients may experience more pain in the evenings when they lie down for bed, or after sitting or standing for more prolonged periods of time. Other red flags could also be muscle weakness, tingling, aching or burning in the affected areas throughout the body.
Treatment for Disc Problems
Up to 90% of people suffering from disc problems can find relief without the need for surgery or medications. Our physical therapists at Life Health Medical Clinic will design an individual patient treatment plan with your specific needs in mind. Our structural integration methods are not only just for treating symptoms, but they are also created with your complete health in mind to help restore your overall quality of life. We have been helping Salt Lake Valley residents to find relief from disc problems and pains for over 10 years. Please call us today to schedule an appointment for your consultation visit, and get back on track to living the life you deserve!