What we treat

Disc Problems

Spinal disc complaints Disorders affecting the intervertebral discs include, disc herniation (prolapsed intervertebral disc,) Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD,) and Discitis (infection of the disc.)

The bones of the spine are separated by tough cartilage pads called intervertebral discs. Healthy discs are thick and flexible allowing a wide range of bending and twisting motions. An unhealthy disc is stiff and hard and prone to injuries such as bulging or herniation or a tear. Disc damage can occur anywhere in the spine. However, the discs of the neck and low back are the most commonly injured. The “jelly center” of the disc can also dry out over time which is referred to as Degenerative Disc Disease. All forms of disc injury can eventually impinge on the nerves exiting the spine which can create numbness, tingling, burning or sharp pain down the arms or legs. Talk to our Chiropractor and physiotherapist fro more information.

Sharp pain originating from the back and “shooting” down the legs is often referred to as Sciatica. Treatment for acute sciatica includes self help in the way of painkillers and anti-inflamatories. It is advisable to stay active and your physiotherapist can advise on gentle exercises to carry out in the acute stages; using compression cold packs are also advisable. In the chronic stages further exercises are recommended.