The 24 vertebrae of your spine are separated from one another by pads of cartilage called discs. These discs have a fairly tough outer layer with a soft interior to cushion against the shocks and strains experienced as you move and put various stresses on your spine.
The discs are subject to injury, disease, and degeneration with use over time. Certain activities and types of work increase the risk of discs being damaged or deteriorating. When the soft interior material of a disc pushes out through a tear or weakening in the outer covering, the disc is said to be herniated or bulging.
Disc injuries often respond favorably to chiropractic care since chiropractic focuses on the dysfunctional spinal segments and not just the symptoms of the disc injury. Pain killers, anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxants do nothing to treat the cause of disc injuries and have been shown to induce further injury.
Chiropractic adjustments may provide fast, effective, safe and long lasting relief from disc injuries. The chiropractor's approach restores normal spinal alignment, spinal function and overall spinal health, which are primary factors responsible for the development of disc injuries.