Herniated discs are commonly referred to as slipped discs and typically affect individuals between 30 and 60 years old. The disc itself is made up of fibrous cartilages, the outer rings (anulus fibrosus) are stronger and more fibrous, while the middle (nucleus pulposis) contain looser fibers suspended in a mucoprotien gel.
The disc serves as a shock absorber, which counteracts the loads we put on our spine during daily activities. Any instability in the muscles, laxity in the ligaments of the spine, or an excessive load on any spinal segment could cause a disc bulge/herniation.
A herniated disk may irritate nearby nerves which can result in pain, muscle numbness / weakness in your arm or leg. However, many people who have a herniated disk experience no symptoms at all.
People generally know when a disc herniation has occurred. Typically they happen while bending forward to pick something heavy up, or during excessive twisting motions. It is common to hear or feel an audible pop in the area affected. You may also feel pain shoot through your arm or leg when you cough, sneeze or move your spine into certain positions.
Regular strength and flexibility exercises are recommended, as most cases of back pain are cause by one quick movement in the wrong direction. If you have pulled a muscle in your back put ice on it immediately. This will help reduce the amount of inflammation in the muscle and significantly reduce the amount of pain.
The team at Northern Edge Chiropractic is trained extensively on correcting the joints and muscles surrounding the spine. We get great results treating people with mid back pain by stopping in for regular adjustments, and can also help prevent further back injuries down the road. If you are looking for professional herniated disc treatment in the Plymouth MN area then contact us today. We can help!