Spinal discs have very poor blood supply, and they depend on the circulation of joint fluids to bring in nutrients and expel waste. If the normal motion of a spinal joint decreases, this circulation gets impaired and the health of the disc will start to deteriorate. Think of a disc as a sponge. When healthy they are flexible, but when a sponge is dry and stiff, it can crack easily.
The term gets used often, but discs don’t really slip. What does happen is a trauma or injury to the spine will cause the disc to bulge, herniate, or even rupture. The pain can be unbearable.
There is good news though, as Dr. Beaber can help restore better motion and position to the spinal joints and help relieve the pressure. Over time, better spinal function will help decrease inflammation and the process of healing the surrounding soft tissue will begin.
5 types of disc problems
- Disc Tear – The most common of disc injuries. It is a small crack (or micro-tear) in the tough outer cartilage material of the disc called annular fibers that allows fluid to leak, and wears the disc thin.
- Bulging Disc – This is when the soft jelly-like material in the middle of the disc starts pushing to one side, forward or backward, and swelling occurs. The nucleus is still encased within the tough outer fibers of the disc, but can still cause uncomfortable pressure and pain.
- Herniated Disc – The soft jelly-like material from the nucleus in the middle of the disc ruptures through the tough, outer fibers and extends to the outer edge of the disc.
- Prolapsed Disc – A piece of disc material that seperates away and becomes a floating free piece.
- Thinning Disc – Where the disc loses fluid content and degenerates down to a rough, worn appearance. This occurs as the bones start to fuse together.
While Dr. Beaber can never guarantee you will not need surgery, he can tell you that many patients have avoided surgery and the side-effects of strong pain killers after being under his care.
If you are suffering from back pain, or think you may have a herniated disc, please call us at (317) 776-1061 or visit our make an appointment page today for a free consultation.