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Disc Problems

severe low back painWhile the term “slipped disc” is a misnomer, there are real issues with discs in the spine, such as bulging, protruding, and herniated discs. Each spinal disc consists of a jelly-like center surrounded by fibrous tissue. Healthy discs provide flexibility for movement. However, certain actions like improper lifting, falls, or car accidents can cause these discs to shift and lead to the following issues:

  • Herniation: Occurs when the central portion of the disc ruptures.
  • Protrusion: A common cause of back pain, protrusion happens when the disc bulges at its weakest point, resulting in pressure on nearby nerves.
  • Prolapse: Involving a spinal disc escaping between the vertebrae of the spine.


Chiropractic As a Solution

Chiropractic care offers a natural and highly effective solution for various disc problems. Through spinal and pelvic joint realignment, chiropractors address these issues. Drug-free chiropractic care improves joint mechanics by improving spinal motion and reducing inflammation.

Chiropractic adjustments restore proper motion and position to malfunctioning spinal bones. If addressed early, disc tissue often returns to its normal size and shape, preventing permanent damage.

Frequently Asked Questions

Aren’t these problems simply due to the normal aging process?

No. While some disc problems can be attributed to years of neglect, many people with spinal problems won’t experience symptoms until the later stages of degeneration. Maintaining spinal health throughout life can help prevent issues even in old age.

Could chiropractic help me avoid surgery?

Possibly. The effectiveness depends on the severity of your disc conditions. Starting with chiropractic care is recommended as it is natural and non-invasive.

How long until patients typically experience relief?

Relief can often be achieved within one to six chiropractic visits.

How does spinal decompression help address disc problems?

Using an inversion table, spinal traction helps reduce disc bulges by applying negative pressure or creating a vacuum within the disc. This process reduces the size of the bulge, relieving pressure on the sciatic nerve and reducing leg radiation.

How does laser therapy contribute to healing?

Laser therapy stimulates the energy-producing part of disc cells, promoting healing and recovery.

Patient Success Story

icon-testimonialsA 61-year-old maintenance worker experienced severe sciatica, resulting in losing power in one leg and sensations in his outer left foot. These symptoms rendered him immobile and unable to work. While he had received physiotherapy, it did not sufficiently address the problem.

Upon visiting our practice, Dr. Martin began adjusting the patient, using inversion therapy, electrical stimulation, and providing specific exercises for disc bulges. Within one month, the patient regained mobility and returned to work on modified duties. His sciatic pain subsided, with only residual numbness in his foot. By the three-month mark, he was even able to play pickleball!

Put Pain in Your Past

If you suspect a disc problem, don’t hesitate to contact Martin Chiropractic Clinic today to schedule an appointment. We are here to help you find relief and restore your quality of life.


Disc Problems Waterloo, Kitchener ON | (519) 886-2570