Since spinal discs have a very poor blood supply, they also depend upon the circulation of joint fluids to bring in nutrients and expel waste. If the spinal joint loses its normal motion and this pumping action is impaired, the health of the disc deteriorates. Like a wet sponge, a health disc is flexible. A dry sponge is hard, stiff and can crack easily. This is how many disc problems begin.
Because of the way each disc is attached to the vertebrae above and below it, a disc cannot "slip" as commonly thought. However, trauma or injury to the spine can cause discs to bulge, herniate, or worse, rupture. This can be quite painful, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots, often interfering with their function.
The chiropractic approach to disc problems is to restore better motion and position to the spinal joints. Beside reducing disc bulging, better spinal function helps decrease inflammation so the slow process of healing the surrounding soft tissues can occur.
While results cannot be guaranteed, many patients have avoided needless surgery or a dependency on pain pills by choosing conservative Chiropractic Care or Acupuncture.
Because they are attached to the vertebrae, discs do not slip, but they do tear, bulge, herniate, prolapse and dessicate.
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