Slipped Disc Treatment

A slipped disc can cause sudden and severe pain in the lower back. But if you’re suffering, our professional and experienced team of chiropractors can help.

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What is a slipped disc?

Also known as a prolapsed disc or a herniated disc, a slipped disc is when the inner part of one of the spinal discs pushes out – or herniates – into the outer part of the disc. As it does, it presses on nerves in the spinal cord. Sometimes, inflammation develops around the disc which can also cause swelling and pain. 

While a slipped disc can happen anywhere in the spine, it usually occurs in the lower back. Here, we discuss various treatments for slipped discs as well as the symptoms to look out for. However, if you think you’re suffering with a slipped disc, why not get in touch for a free consultation?

What causes a slipped disc?

Anyone can suffer with a bulging or herniated disc but it typically occurs in people between 30-50 years of age. The reasons for a slipped disc also vary but some of the most common include:

  • Lifting heavy objects regularly
  • Long periods of sitting
  • Weight-lifting
  • Sneezing
  • Awkward bending
  • Smoking
  • Being overweight

Common symptoms of a slipped disc 

The most common symptom of a slipped disc is back pain, which comes on suddenly and severely. Typically, this is made worse by moving, coughing and sneezing. Other symptoms include:

  • Nerve root pain (like sciatica)
  • Pins and needles
  • Numbness or weakness in the buttock, foot or leg
  • Difficulty walking or standing 

What treatments are there for a slipped disc?

If you’re suffering from lower back pain caused by a slipped disc, you’ll be pleased to know that there are a few different types of treatment. These include:

  • Gentle exercise 
  • Medication
  • Chiropractic techniques

How can chiropractors help with a slipped disc?

To diagnose the problem, one of our chiropractors will carry out an examination of you and your symptoms. We also have on-site scanning facilities but this isn’t always needed. 

Once diagnosed, we’ll use a combination of manual therapy, spinal decompression, manipulation techniques and physical treatments like massage therapy. Not only can this help with long-term pain but it can also provide short-term comfort.

What should I expect during treatment?

Your treatment with us will be completely personal to you and your needs. We’ll assess each case individually and provide a bespoke care plan that can easily fit into your lifestyle, and provide relief. Our chiropractors will also be able to answer any questions about your treatment.

If you’re interested, why not arrange an initial consultation? Here, we can discuss whether this treatment could work for you and book an initial visit.

There isn’t one reason as to why a slipped disc occurs. In short, it’s when a disc bulges onto a nerve. This then causes pain and symptoms elsewhere in the back, buttock and leg.
Sometimes the symptoms get better on their own – gradually over a few weeks. However, without specific treatment, you may be at risk of it happening again.
Yes, with regular movement and gentle exercise, slipped discs can be prevented. A personalised treatment plan can also help.
The treatment itself shouldn’t hurt but when massaging tender areas, you may feel slight discomfort. Most people feel immediate relief, however.
This will depend on your individual pain and slipped disc. Our chiropractor will be able to advise how many treatments you might need.
Yes, anyone suffering from a slipped disc can benefit from our chiropractic services. We also offer treatment for back pain, neck pain and sports injuries to name a few. 

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