With 24 discs along your spine, it’s not unusual for one to sustain an injury at some point. Recognizing those injuries and seeking treatment with a chiropractor as soon as possible is key to healing naturally and quickly. At Elan Wellness Center, we are committed to helping the residents of Tampa, Westchase, Town & Country, Oldsmar, Citrus Park, and Odesa find relief from their disc injuries. Learn more about the most common injuries and how we can help below.
A herniated disc is one of the most common disc injuries and a source of chronic back pain. Each disc is made from a jelly-like substance that is enclosed in a tougher outer shell. Spinal misalignment, slips and falls, and other incidents can damage the disc, causing a tear in the outer shell. The inner substance then spills out onto surrounding components of the spinal column. This is also known as a slipped disc.
A bulging disc is similar to a herniated disc, but it’s not quite as severe. That’s because there is no tear in the outer shell. Instead, the inner substance stays enclosed in the casing. Though there may be no pain caused by a bulging disc, it can create pressure on surrounding spinal components, leading to back pain and discomfort.
A pinched nerve isn’t a disc injury itself but is caused by a herniated or bulging disc. Nerves can become pinched or compressed when the disc spills out or puts pressure on the nerve, leading to pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness. Sciatica is the most well-known form of a pinched nerve, creating pain, numbness, and tingling from the lower back to the foot.
At Elan Wellness Center, we offer several methods of treatment that can naturally heal disc injuries, pull herniated discs back into their rightful place, and relieve nerve compression. If you live in or around Tampa, Westchase, Town & Country, Oldsmar, Citrus Park, or Odesa, give us a call at (813) 855-0001 to schedule an appointment today.