The intervertebral discs are little pads that lie between your vertebrae; each disc has a tough outer ring (annular fibrosis) and a soft gel-like center (nucleus pulposis). Your discs separate your vertebrae and help hold them together. They act like shock absorbers.
Disc herniation, protrusion and prolapse
There are two types of disc herniations: protrusions and prolapses. a protrusion occurs when the nucleus pulposis bulges, pushing the annular fibrosis out of shape. A prolapse occurs if the nucleus bulges out so much that i actually separates from the rest of the disc. If the prolapsed disc pushes into the spinal cord or nerves, severe pain in the back and legs can happen along with difficulty sitting, standing, lifting, urinating, defecating, sneezing, coughing, or moving.
It has been speculated that if you are over the age of 30 you probably have 3-4 herniated discs in your back and don’t even know it.
Chiropractic care for Disc Herniations
Our office has helped hundreds of people with health problems associated with disc herniations in all spinal areas.
A study done in Italy a number of years ago compared Chiropractic care, Surgical care (with physiotherapy), and Controls (nothing done) on people with severe low back pain caused by disc herniations (diagnosed on CAT scan). The Chiropractic group fared better than the other 2 groups in the short term (6 months) and long term (2 years).