The bones of the spine, called vertebra, are cushioned by small, fluid filled discs. They are round and flat with a tough outer shell surrounding a jelly-like center. They are designed by nature to act as shock absorbers for the spinal bones, keeping the spine flexible and preventing injury to the delicate spinal cord. Sometimes these discs may be damaged by an injury, or the normal wear and tear associated with aging. When that happens, they may bulge or even rupture, resulting in a ruptured or herniated disc.
Ruptured discs may not always cause pain, depending on their location and how much excess pressure is applied to spinal nerve endings. Sometimes, the byproduct of a ruptured disc may be numbness in the affected area. Many people who have ruptured discs are not aware of it at first because there is no accompanying pain or discomfort. Disc problems may be discovered through X-rays for completely unrelated issues.
Symptoms of a ruptured disc are numerous, from outright pain, to numbness, to a tingling or pins-and-needles sensation, all of which may be felt not only in the back, but arms, legs, and buttocks. You may also have a feeling of weakness in the leg muscles.
One of the best methods to treat a ruptured disc is a combination of chiropractic and physical therapy treament (including spinal decompression (Vax-D)).
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