Posts Tagged ‘Ruptured disc’

Experiencing Back Pain From A Slipped Disc?

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

Do you have a Slipped Disc?

Spinal Discs are a specialized type of cartilage that connects and cushions the 24 moveable bones of your spine. Each disc attaches to the vertebrae above and below it, as well as providing proper spacing for pairs of nerve roots to exit the spine from between each joint.  The cartilage disc should not be confused with the boney vertebrae.  They are each separate and distinct structures.

Impossible to “Slip”

Have you been told you have a slipped disc?  If so, you may be surprised to learn it’s simply impossible for a disc to “slip.”  A disc can thin, decay, wedge, bulge, protrude, tear or herniate, but because of tight bands of ligaments which support the disc firmly between each vertebra, it is simply impossible for a disc to “slip.”

The Spine’s Shock Absorbers

Spinal discs are often referred to as “miniature waterbeds” or “shock absorbers” for the spine.  Their normally soft, cushiony texture protects the vertebrae from cracking or breaking against the normal forces of gravity and body movements.  Each spinal disc has a pressurized jelly-like core that is contained by bands of fibrous tissue.

When viewed from the top, the disc looks much like a jelly-filled doughnut and the fibrous bands which contain the jelly-like core are wrapped around it like the rings of an onion.  Healthy discs give you flexibility, allowing normal turning and bending of the body.  This movement produces a pumping action that supplies proper disc nutrition and waste removal.

However, long-term spinal misalignments and postural distortions can prevent adequate amounts of oxygen and nutrients from entering into the disc, allowing it to decay into various types of disc challenges.

Decayed or Degenerated Disc

The most common cause of back or neck pain from a damaged disc is a thinning disc, also known as disc degeneration, disc decay or spinal arthritis.

This challenge develops over time, and most often due to reduction of normal spinal movement and postural imbalances over a lifetime that place uneven wear on the discs – much like a bent hinge on a gate will wear down two pieces of metal rubbing against each other over time.

This leads to improper disc hydration causing the disc fibers dry out and become subject to being torn more easily.  As gravity presses down upon the decayed disc, this causes people to experience daily pain.

Bulging Disc

Like a bubble that forms on the weak spot of an inner tube, disc tissue can bulge and place pressure on your nerves or spinal cord, much like ice cream that bulges out from underneath the cookie in an ice cream sandwich.

The pressurized inner core of the disc pushes out against the fibrous rings, the bulge occurs where the disc wall is the weakest.  The bulge balloons out against nerve, which is the mechanism that causes pain from a bulging disc.

As the problem worsens, muscles tighten to protect the damaged joint.  More muscle tightening creates more pressure on the nerves, which creates more pain and muscle splinting, and the process continues until proper intervention is applied.

Herniated Disc

If the destructive cycle that has led to a bulging disc is not interrupted, many people find themselves moving into the most dangerous aspect of disc degeneration, known as a ruptured or herniated disc, also known as total disc failure.

As more and more of the fibrous rings tear, the pressurized, jelly-like substance breaks through the containment wall and leaks out, much like toothpaste squirting out of a tube, placing pressure on the spinal nerves or the spinal cord itself and creating intense pain.

One should do all they can to preent a disc bulge from becoming a herniation, as the ability for a non-surigcal solution to correct the probem becomes more difficult.

A Common Denominator in Back & Neck Pain

While there are several reasons for back or neck pain, in the majority of back and neck problems the disc is involved in some way, with the disc often being the common denominator; the major underlying cause of most patients’ condition.

By applying the correct types of procedures and if caught before permanent damage occurs, disc tissue often returns to more normal size, shape and function.

For a complete article about spinal disc problems and non-surgical disc decompression therapy, please go to

About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic. He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.

Meniscal Rebalancing Technique For Knee Pain

Friday, January 21st, 2011

A Non-Drug, Non-Surgical Treatment For Knee Pain

Just like any joint in the body, knee joints frequently become misaligned, enter into a process of joint degeneration and cause pain.

Knee joint misalignments are a far greater factor in knee pain than most doctors realize, leading to many unnecessary surgeries.  As little as a 1/8th inch misalignment of the knee joint can cause serious pain and dysfunction.

This leads to wearing of the meniscus as well as other aspects of the knee, pain and a distortion of the ligaments necessary to hold the joint in proper alignment.

No Such Thing As A Chemical Cure For A Mechanical Problem

The most common temporary intervention for chronic knee pain is cortisone injections.  Cortisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory but can only be used sparingly as it erodes away bone tissue, leading to an increased chance of a break or fracture of an all important weight bearing joint.

One of the more recently touted procedures is silicone injections into the knee.  While a blessing for some, approximately  half of those who’ve had these injections say they simply didn’t work, with many not experiencing even 6 minutes of relief, much less the 6 months they advertise.  They’re very expensive, and even when they do provide temporary relief they usually need repeated once or twice per year.

The real problem with silicone injections is they never address the underlying cause of the knee problem – that of chronic, long-term misalignment and wearing of the joint, which speaks of the usual temporariness of this procedure.

Structural challenges need a structural solution.  A chemical injected into your knee can’t bring about realignment to a misaligned structure that is the underlying of most chronic knee pain.   That would be sort of like hoping an oil change will realign the front tires on your car.

Knee Replacement Surgery Doesn’t Always Work

For many people, knee replacement surgery has been their only option.  When it works it’s often considered a miracle, but like any surgical procedure it doesn’t always work.

About 40% of our patient’s state they still have pain and/or various forms of dysfunction after their knee replacement surgery, with many saying the pain is worse than before surgery.  For each person who says they had a successful experience with knee replacement surgery, there’s another who says they “wouldn’t go through it again for anything.”

For these reasons, surgery should be viewed only as a last resort – – and only if everything else should fail.

MRT – A Conservative, Non-Surgical Approach for Knee Pain

For many people, there’s a conservative solution for chronic knee pain.  It’s called MRT and stands for Meniscal Rebalancing Technique.  If the misalignments causing the degeneration of the knee joint can be caught in time before too much damage has been done, surgery can frequently be avoided.  Those who’ve been told their knee is “filled with arthritis” frequently receive very good results, as do many who’ve been told they are “bone on bone.”

How well you respond with MRT depends upon many things, including the type, cause and extent of your knee challenges, the specific type of misalignment, your willingness to follow instructions, the health of your knee and your overall health in general.  Age alone seldom has much to do with the success of MRT.

Even many people in their 70’s and 80’s have found great success with this technique!

Before Submitting To Surgery, Check Your Knee For Hidden Misalignment

A total knee replacement is a very extreme measure to take for a condition as common as knee misalignment, and which goes undetected in so many people.   If surgery fails, there is seldom any turning back.  With 30 years of experience, we’ve helped hundreds of people overcome knee pain without drugs or surgery.  The percentage of success is very high.

For a complete report about this new treatment that is helping so many people with the misery of ongoing knee pain, please go to

About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic.   He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.

Decayed, Degenerated, Bulged, Herniated & Ruptured Discs

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Different Kinds of Spinal Disc Conditions

The three most common conditions involving spinal discs are those involving degenerated, bulged and herniated discs.  This short article will explain the differences and how they occur.  First, a brief description of what a spinal disc is.

Shock Absorbers of the Spine

Not to be confused with the vertebrae themselves, discs are soft, cushiony pads that fit between the vertebras.   They provide shock absorption for the spine against the weight of gravity, in order to help prevent the vertebrae themselves from fracturing and breaking under gravitational stress and movement.

Discs are often described as looking like a jelly-filled doughnut and are made up of two parts.  The outer aspect of the disc is called the annulus fibrosis.  It is layered together like the rings of an onion, and is known as the containment ring that holds in the nucleus.  The nucleus is the inner part of the disc containing a pressurized gel-like substance, that when contained within the annulus forms the shock absorbing qualities of the spinal discs.

The discs also form a joint between each vertebra in order that the spine can bend, flex, turn and rotate from side to side.  Because the discs are composed of approximately 70% fluids, they are often referred to as “miniature waterbeds” for the vertebrae to rest upon.

Degenerated Disc

Also known as a decayed or thinned disc.  Discs are composed of a highly specialized, fluid-filled cartilage.  Under normal circumstances, a spinal disc can be likened to a can of new play dough.  Fresh out of the can, the play dough is soft, flexible and pliable.  If the lid is left off the can, the play dough dries, causing it to become hard, inflexible and subject to shrinking.

When the fluids dry out, caused by deficient disc nutrition brought about by mechanical distortions in the vertebra, the disc begins collapsing under the weight of the body.  This is much like taking your hands and squeezing together a sandwich, making it thinner.  The thinned disc allows the vertebra to compress the nerves, resulting in pain, numbness and a vast array of other symptoms.

If neglected, it most always develops into spinal arthritis, which is just another word for spinal decay.

Bulging Disc

Also known as a wedged or protruding disc.  A bulging disc is formed when the outer, rings in the disc weaken and tear.  The pressurized jelly-like center pushes out toward the weaker area of least resistance in the outer wall.  The weaker the outer wall become, the more the bulge grows and protrudes.

A bulging disc is like a weak spot on an inner tube that forms a bubble on the area of weakness. When the bulge pushes out so far as to put pressure on the spinal cord or nerves, pain usually appears.

The larger the bulge the more pain it produces.  This disc problem is typically found when you see an individual all bent over and leaning to one side or the other because of back pain.  It happens because the disc bulge forms itself into something that looks like a door stop. A bulging disc is just one step shy of a herniated disc.

Herniated Disc

A herniated disc is what happens when the fibrous rings on the outer aspect of the disc give way to the pressure of the jelly-like nucleus inside, allowing these substance to leak outside the disc.

A herniated disc is also frequently referred to as a ruptured or prolapsed disc.

It is much like toothpaste squirting out of tube, or the bursting of a water balloon.

A herniated disc represents a total failure of the disc structure, and is often viewed as the most serious disc challenge of all.

“Slipped” Disc

A slipped disc is a misnomer; a commonly misused term that is usually associated with the most common use of layman’s terminology, and usually represents a disc bulge.

As the disc shrinks and expands as is commonly found with disc bulges, it provides the sensation of something going “in” or “out” of place.

In reality, nothing goes out.  Rather, the fibrous containment band tears.  This leads to the term false term of a disc that has  “slipped.”

It surprises most people to learn that disc can decay, degenerated, thin, bulge, protrude, wedge, herniated, rupture or prolapsed, but because of tight ligament bands that surround the disc, it is simply impossible for a disc to “slip.”

Only as Strong as Its Weakest Link

The 24 moveable vertebrae and the disc that fit between them that form the spine as a whole are much like the links making up a chain.   A chain is only as strong as it weakest link.  A damaged disc is most always that weak link in the spines of most people.

For a complete article about spinal disc problems and how non-surgical disc decompression therapy may be able to help, please go to

About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic.   He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.