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    Slipped-Herniated
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EDGE Wellness Clinic can help to Restore the Natural Function of Damaged Spinal Discs

The term “slipped disc” is often used to describe a lower back injury. A slipped disc occurs when the circle of connective tissue surrounding the disc breaks down and begins to herniate and bulge out from between your bones. This allows the soft, gel-like part of the disc to swell and protrude out. These herniations can cause severe pain as the result of irritating substances being released from this tear, especially if the fragment touches or compresses a nearby nerve.

There are several lifestyle factors which can decrease the strength and resiliency of your discs and increase the risk of herniation. Some of the most common causes of slipped discs include:

  • Poor posture.
  • Increasing age-(this because, as you age, your spinal discs begin to lose their water content which makes them less flexible and more likely to rupture).
  • Bending awkwardly.
  • Lifting heavy or awkwardly shaped objects.
  • Prolonged sitting activities such as driving.
  • Smoking.
  • Lack of exercise.
  • Inadequate nutrition.
  • Being overweight.
  • Weight-bearing sports.
  • A sudden traumatic injury to your back.

Situations such as these can weaken the disc tissue and can sometimes lead to a slipped disc. If the disc is already weakened, it may herniate with a single movement or strain such as coughing or bending to pick up a light object.


WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF SLIPPED DISCS?

It is fundamental that you seek professional treatment if you suffer from any of the following symptoms associated with slipped discs:

  • Pain in the area of the herniation such as across your hips or buttocks (although disc herniations may be present without actually causing pain).
  • Numbness or pain radiating down your leg to the ankle or foot.
  • Weakness when extending your big toe.
  • An inability to walk on your toes or heels.
  • In the most severe cases of lumbar disc herniation, patients often suffer hindered bowel or bladder function.

Thankfully, the majority of disc herniations can be sufficiently treated with stretching exercises and spine & wellness care. If you suffer from a more advanced case of disc herniation, you may require spinal decompression treatments, such as traction or mechanical decompression, which will subsequently be followed by prolonged spine & wellness care.

At the EDGE Wellness Clinic we have many experts that specialise in natural interventions for a variety of conditions. Our team is made up professionals that specialise in advanced techniques to rehabilitate spinal abnormalities/injuries, nerve damage, and offer first class education in nutrition and exercise science all of which can help with mid-back and neck problems. Our specialised team works together to reverse the root cause of your low back pain.


RESEARCH:

A nonsurgical approach to the management of patients with lumbar radiculopathy secondary to herniated disk: a prospective observational cohort study with follow-up. Donald R. Murphy, DC, Eric L. Hurwitz, DC, PhD, and Ericka E. McGovern, DC. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2009 Nov-Dec;32(9):723-33.

Management of low back pain and low back-related leg complaints: a literature synthesis. Dana J. Lawrence, DC, MMedEd, William Meeker, DC, MPH, Richard Branson, DC, Gert Bronfort, DC, PhD, Jeff R. Cates, DC, MS, Mitch Haas, DC, MA, Michael Haneline, DC, MPH, Marc Micozzi, MD, PhD, William Updyke, DC, Robert Mootz, DC, John J. Triano, DC, PhD, and Cheryl Hawk, DC, PhD. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2008 Nov-Dec;31(9):659-74.

Outcomes managing radiculopathy in a hospital setting: a retrospective review of 162 patients. Kim D. Christensen DC, DACRB, CCSP, CSCS, Kirsten Buswell DC. J Chiropr Med. 2008 Sep;7(3):115-25.

Spinal manipulation in the treatment of acute back pain and sciatica with disc protrusion: a randomized double-blind clinical trial of active and simulated spinal manipulations. Valter Santilli, MDa, Ettore Beghi, MDb,*, Stefano Finucci, MD. The Spine Journal 6 (2006) 131-137. Safety of spinal manipulation in the treatment of lumbar disk herniations: a systematic review and risk assessment. Drew Oliphant, DC. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2004 Mar-Apr;27(3):197-210.

Disc technique: An adjusting procedure for any lumbar discogenic syndrome. Harvey Getzoff, DC, DICS. J Chiropr Med. 2003 Autumn;2(4):142-4.

Low back pain and the lumbar intervertebral disk: clinical considerations for the doctor of chiropractic. Stephan J. Troyanovich, DC, Donald D. Harrison, DC, PhD, and Deed E. Harrison, DC. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1999 Feb;22(2):96-104.


CASE STUDIES:

Resolution of low back and radicular pain in a 40-year-old male United States Navy Petty Officer after collaborative medical and spinal wellness care. Gregory R. Lillie DC, MS. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine (2010) 9, 17-21.

Management of a 47-year-old firefighter with lumbar disk extrusion. Schwab MJ. J Chiropr Med. 2008 Dec;7(4):146-54.

Radiographic disk height increase after a trial of multimodal spine rehabilitation and vibration traction: a retrospective case series. Ian Horseman DC., Mark W. Morningstar DC. J Chiropr Med. 2008 Dec;7(4):140-5.

Resolution of cervical radiculopathy in a woman after spinal manipulation. Wayne M. Whalen DC. J Chiropr Med. 2008 Mar;7(1):17-23.

Treatment of a pregnant patient with lumbar radiculopathy. Ralph A. Kruse DC, DABCO, Sharina Gudavalli DC, Jerrilyn Cambron DC, MPH, PhD. J Chiropr Med. 2007 Dec;6(4):153-8.

Rehabilitative management of a patient with progressive lumbar disk injury, spondylolisthesis, and spondyloptosis. Simon G. Excoffon, DC,a and Harry Wallace, DC. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2006 Jan;29(1):66-71.

Conservative management of a patient with lumbar disc disease: averting lumbar disc surgery. James E. Greathouse Jr., DC. J Chiropr Med. 2005 Autumn;4(3):162-76.

An integrative treatment approach of a patient with cervical radiculitis: A case report. Leanne Apfelbeck, MS, DC. J Chiropr Med. 2005 Spring;4(2):97-102.

Management of a chronic lumbar disk herniation with Chiropractic Biophysics methods after failed general manipulative intervention. G. Phillip Paulk, DC, and Deed E. Harrison, DC. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2004 Nov-Dec;27(9):579.

Management and rehabilitation of a 38-year-old male with an L5-s1 disc herniation. Christopher J. Hammer, DC, DACRB, FACO. J Chiropr Med. 2004 Autumn;3(4):145-52.

Spinal rrehabilitative management of post-surgical disc herniation: A retrospective case report. Gary M. Estadt, DC, DACRB. J Chiropr Med. 2004 Summer;3(3):108-15.

Far-lateral disk herniation: case report, review of the literature, and a description of nonsurgical management. Richard E Erhard, DC, William C. Welch, MD, FACS, Betty Liu, MD, and M. Vignovic. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2004 Feb;27(2):e3.

Cervical radiculopathy treated with spinal flexion distraction manipulation: A retrospective study in a private practice setting. Jason S. Schliesser, DC, MPH, Ralph Kruse, DC, and L. Fleming Fallon, MD, DrPH. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2003 Nov-Dec;26(9):E19.

McKenzie diagnosis and therapy in the evaluation and management of a lumbar disc derangement syndrome: A case study. Steven M Santolin, DC. J Chiropr Med. 2003 Spring;2(2):60-5.

Management of acute lumbar disk herniation initially presenting as mechanical low back pain. Colin M. Crawford, BAppSc(Chiro), and Robert F. Hannan, MB, BS. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1999 May;22(4):235-44.

Use of cervical spine manipulation under anesthesia for management of cervical disk herniation, cervical radiculopathy, and associated cervicogenic headache syndrome. James Herzog, DC. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1999 Mar-Apr;22(3):166-70.

Spinal rehabilitation of a patient with S1 radiculopathy associated with a large lumbar disk herniation. Craig E. Morris, DC. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1999 Jan;22(1):38-44.




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