Spinal Disc Injuries

Discover Natural Treatment for Spinal Disc Injuries With Our Omaha Chiropractic Team

At West Omaha Chiropractic and Sports Injury Clinic, our Omaha chiropractor staff is happy to offer our community surgery-free, drug-free treatments for both acute and chronic disc problems.

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Types of Spinal Disc Injuries

A spinal disc has a tough fibrous layer on the outside called the annulus fibrosis. It also has a soft inner core called the nucleus pulposus, largely made up of water and collagen fibers. 

In general, there are three main ways a disc can become injured:

  • Degenerative disc disease: often the result of normal "wear and tear" which can occur with age. Discs start to wear down and thin in places, which may lead to compensatory bony overgrowth of adjacent spinal joints and narrowing of spaces between bones. 
  • Disc herniation: the outer layer of the disc tears, allowing the inner jelly-like material to leak out into the surrounding joint space. This can trigger an inflammatory response.
  • Disc bulge: the inner jelly-like material protrudes abnormally out of place but does not actually leak through the outer layer. 

The entire spinal disc structure can become injured due to sudden stress or chronic, cumulative stress. As an example, risk factors for a disc injury include:

  • Advancing age
  • An acute injury (auto accident, lifting accident, sports injury, fall, etc.)
  • Poor nutrition and hydration
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Excessive sedentary behavior

Signs and Symptoms of Spinal Disc Injuries

It may be surprising to know that spinal discs are actually poorly innervated, which means that the pain associated with spinal disc injuries is often due to inflammation and irritation to surrounding tissues rather than to the disc tissue itself. Common signs and symptoms include:

  • An area of tightness or muscle spasm over the injured disc
  • Back pain and stiffness around the level of the injured disc
  • Pain, tingling, numbness, weakness, and/or altered reflexes and sensation in the arm or leg innervated by a nerve compressed by the injured disc

In many cases, an injured spinal disc may have no symptoms whatsoever. 

How Our Omaha Chiropractor Team Treats Spinal Disc Injuries

Spinal disc injuries respond well to chiropractic care, including adjustments and non-surgical decompression which help to realign the joints and discs and reduce pressure on nearby nerves. 

Additional services from our Omaha chiropractor staff includes corrective exercises (to improve spine stability), acupuncture (to trigger pain relief), and massage (to improve blood flow and relieve tension). 

Struggling With Spinal Disc Injuries? Connect With our Omaha Chiropractor

If you live near the city of Omaha, NE and believe you or a loved one are struggling with a spinal disc injury, contact our chiropractic clinic at (402) 334-4700 to schedule an appointment.