LOWER back pain affects up to 90% of people at some stage and one of the most prevalent of all lower back pain causes is the dreaded slipped disc. Once the words “you have a slipped disc” are uttered, someone would probably suggest major surgical intervention as the only option. Fortunately, we have come a long way since that time when open spinal surgery was the only option to produce medium –to long –term results.
The intervertebral disc is the shock absorber of our spine. You have one between each level in the spinal column. It is made up of a gel on the inside surrounded by a cartilaginous shell similar to a rubbery texture. Think of the disc as a “jelly doughnut” – it reduces the impact on the spine when we go about our daily activities.
A problem arises when there is too much pressure on the disc, causing the gel on the inside of the disc to be squeezed through the rubbery cartilage on the outside. Suddenly, you will be left with a globule of this gel at where it is not supposed to be.
The herniated gel may press on a spinal nerve and causes excruciating pain and other symptoms such as numbness, pin and needles and weakness. Ignoring it may lead to long-term pain and limitations.
Although there are plenty of therapies available today, you would still need to take the pressure off the nerve and there are two choices to alleviate the pain.
Firstly, there are plenty of therapies available today, you would still need to take the pressure off the nerve and there are two choices to alleviate the pain.
Firstly, there is a fully computerized Decompression Traction System. It works by sucking the gel back into the disc by taking the pressure off the disc using gentle oscillations under traction. This is accomplished by creating a negative pressure gradient inside the disc and therefore, provides a vacuum effect.
The result of this technique is remarkable with a permanent solution being possible. The second option, with equally positive results, is a “day care” procedure. The patient would then rest for a few hours before returning home later in the day.
Another common cause for lower back pain that specifically affects woman is pregnancy.
The expansion of the uterus and the stretching of different soft tissue structures around the pelvis leads to secondary muscle spasm that can also cause lower back pain.
Today, chiropractic care during pregnancy can help manage lower back pain. Chiropractic care is health maintenance of the spinal column, discs related nerves and bone geometry without drugs or surgery. It involves the art and science of adjusting misaligned joints of the body, especially of the spine, which reduces spinal nerve stress and therefore promotes health throughout the body.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy can provide benefits for pregnant woman such as:
- Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
- Controlling symptoms of nausea
- Reducing the time of labour and delivery
- Relieving back, neck or joint pain
When your spine works properly, it helps to ensure that your pelvis is positioned correctly and allow optimum room for the baby to grow and move. To know more about Spine and Joint Specialists’ services and technologies, visit www.spineandjoint.com.my