Asheville Chiropractor Treats Ruptured Discs
When discs in the spine become compromised or ruptured, severe pain and other health problems can develop. The discs in question are often
thought to be the bones of the spine but are in fact cartilage between the vertebral bones.
Dr. David Nygaard, founder of Atlas Family Chiropractic in Asheville, North Carolina, treats patients with all manner of back issues including herniated,
ruptured or "slipped" discs.
"When we talk about discs, we're not talking about the bones, but the cartilage between," explains Nygaard. "The cartilage is fibrous tissue covering a
soft, jelly-like center. The discs act as shock absorbers while connecting the bones of the spine and providing proper spacing between those bones. "
Trauma Causes Disc Problems
Trauma caused by repetitive motion, poor posture, improper lifting, slips, falls and car accidents can cause the spine to shift pinching the discs or
forcing them out of position. When trauma occurs, discs can bulge, protrude, become wedged, herniated or rupture.
When discs, muscles or tendons are out of alignment, they cause crowding, stress and inflammation around nerves that leads to pain. "In the case of
a ruptured or herniated disc, pain primarily results from pressure on nerve roots or nerves around the spinal cord," says Nygaard. "Symptoms include
pain that often radiates to the extremities, numbness, altered or impaired sense of touch, muscle spasm and even loss of bladder or bowel control. "
The nerves that run through the spinal column relay messages to and from the brain through nerve roots that branch out from the spinal canal. When
a disc becomes ruptured, the outer fibrous tissue is weakened and the soft nucleus bursts or bulges out causing irritation or even damage to the nerve
roots and surrounding spinal nerves.
When the discs are healthy and performing normally, they allow for normal turning, bending and load carrying ability. In comparison with other tissue,
the spinal discs have a relatively low blood supply mak