Slipped Disc

Overview 

A slipped disc occurs when the outer ring becomes weak or torn and allows the inner portion to slip out. This can happen with age. Certain motions may also cause a slipped disc. A disc can slip out of place while you are twisting or turning to lift an object. Lifting a very large, heavy object can place great strain on the lower back, resulting in a slipped disc. If you have a very physically demanding job that requires a lot of lifting, you may be at increased risk for slipped discs.

Causes

  • It is more likely to happen as a person grow older, disc degeneration and weak muscles that may cause a slipped.

  • The risk of getting a slipped disc will be higher for individuals that are overweight, because their discs must support the additional weight.

  • Using the wrong group of muscles may cause a slipped disc as well. For instance, we should use our leg and thigh muscles to lift heavy things instead of using the back muscles, that may cause a slipped disc easily by twisting and turning while lifting. 

  • Falling from a certain height may cause a slipped disc too.

Treatment & Prevention

  • Use a correct posture to lift anything on the floor. For example, bend the knees to squat down, then straighten both legs to lift; instead of bending the waist to lift.

  • Maintain a balanced diet to keep the body weight on a healthy range. 

  • Stand up and do some simple stretches after sitting for some period of time. 

  • Regular exercises to strengthen the back muscles, legs, and abdomen. This will help to stabilizes and support the spine. 

  • Gonstead chiropractic treatment 

When to see a chiropractor

When the pain or discomfort of a slipped disc is affecting your daily activities.

In this video, it shows how DC Michiko Liew fixed a slipped disc patient.

In this video, it shows how DC Joanne Choo fixed a slipped disc patient.

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