When you feel pain in your lower back it can be a guessing game as to what caused the
sudden onset of discomfort. Is it a bulging disc, is it sciatica or just a muscle strain? The fact
of the matter is, it could be any of those conditions as many of the signs and symptoms over-
lap, meaning the internet could give you all sorts of diagnoses.
When someone says they’ve got a disc problem, what does that mean? Well a disc contains
a tough outer circle of connective tissue with a softer gel-like structure inside, which acts as
a shock absorber between each segment of the spine. Prolonged poor posture when sat at a
desk, or heavy lifting during manual labour can put the disc under pressure to a point where
the inner gel-like structure bulges towards the spinal canal. This mechanism can compress
sensitive structures (such as nerves) around the spine which cause pain and discomfort,
(including numbness, tingling, weakness) in the lower back and legs.
The good news is Chiropractic treatment can ease pain and restore the normal integrity of the damaged disc by using gentle mobilisation techniques in situ with functional exercises. During the initial consultation, your Chiropractor can accurately diagnose these symptoms using a variety of orthopaedic and neurological tests and apply the findings to the history of your complaint.
Maruti, R. et al (2016) Chiropractic Distraction Spinal Manipulation on Postsurgical Continued Low Back and Radicular Pain Patients: A Retrospective Case Series. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine 15(2) pp.121-128.
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