Low Back Pain or Disc Herniation in Guelph?
Low back pain affects about 80% of the population at some time during their lives. It can range from an annoying tweak to a debilitating injury. One cause of low back pain and/or leg pain can be a lumbar disc herniation.
The low back is made up of five vertebrae and between each vertebrae is a cushion called a disc. The outer part of the disc is composed of a tough, flexible covering made up of strands of collagen. The inner part of the disc is a jelly-like substance. Together, the two components of the disc provide support, mobility and shock absorption for the low back.
Although the disc is strong, it is susceptible to injury. Repetitive motions such as bending forward, backward and twisting side to side can lead to breakdown and low back pain. As well, stationary positions, such as prolonged sitting, can lead to degradation. Small cracks and fissures can develop in the outer casing of the disc and over time these cracks can become large enough to let some of the jelly within squeeze out: this is known as a disc herniation. In some cases this condition can also put pressure on the surrounding nerves of the low back.
Chiropractic treatment in Guelph for disc herniations can vary depending on the stage and severity of the symptoms. Initially joint mobilization and adjustments along with some electrical modalities can be used to help decrease the pain. As treatment progresses specific exercises and stretches are incorporated to help restore proper spinal function. At all stages, the original factors that led to the injury should be avoided. Disc herniations may take several months to resolve but can be managed effectively with proper treatment.
Contact us if you would like more information on low back pain, disc herniations and treatment options here in Guelph.