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Relief for a slipped disc? Non surgical relief for a slipped disc.

Pain in the neck? Pain in the arm and shoulder? Pain in the shoulder blade area? These can all be signs of nerve irritation from an inflamed disc.

Pain in the buttock? Pain in your thigh/hip area? Pain in your leg and foot? These can all be signs of nerve irritation in your lower back.

Because cartilage discs reside between almost all vertebral bones that make up your spine, they commonly affect the areas mentioned above.

Nerves transmit signals to the brain from your body, and from your brain to your body. This is how your body works itself…from digestion, hormones, the way you move your body, adjust your posture, run, walk, etc.

Within a cross section of any nerve, there are specific areas that move muscles, sense perception of touch, hot and cold temperatures, sense the perception of pain, and nerve areas that work your organs, etc.

When a nerve is inflamed, any one, ( or more ), of these functions can be affected. You can experience tightness and not pain, tingling and not numbness, muscle weakness or just a sense of tightness, pinching and restriction in either the neck /shoulder blade/shoulder/arm area or the lower back/hip/thigh area depending on where your disc is inflaming your nerve.

The disc is made up of many concentric ligaments that surround cartilage. These cartilage discs are often located at stressful areas of the spine, such as the lower neck area or lower back area. These areas are most susceptible to repetitive stresses from bending and lifting, repetitive forward head posture from repetitive desk work, or service/provider type occupations, and general de-conditioning.

When the disc wears, the ligaments surrounding the cartilage can get sprained by repetitive or actual trauma. This causes the disc to bulge. This bulge can irritate the nerves next to the disc, creating pain and symptoms, as described above. A bulge can also be known as a herniation. Nothing, however, has ‘slipped’. The disc has just bulged. If there is no loss of bowel and bladder control and no continued progressive loss of strength, conservative non- surgical management of a disc injury may be the answer to your pain and irritation.

Luckily, most mild to moderate disc injuries can be managed conservatively through, manual techniques, exercises and both natural ( and sometimes pharmacological ), anti-inflammatories.

If you, or someone you know, is suffering from disc pain, discitis, a ‘slipped disc’, or told they have a herniated disk, call now for an evaluation. For a video of Dr Agger illustrating what happens in a disk injury click here: /www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eve5gJAWIc If you have been told you have to get surgery, but havent been seen by a manual disc specialist, give us a call for a second opinion. We treat discs every day!