Your spine (or spinal column) consists of bones stacked on top of each other. Between each bone is a disc that helps to cushion and protect the vertebrae when you walk, run, jump, or do any kind of daily activity. If these discs are injured or weakened (whether by trauma such as a fall or hit, or gradual weakening due to age), then this results in a herniated or slipped disc.
Slipped discs cause back and lower back pain, discomfort, and in some situations, even disability or chronic pain. You might also experience nerve damage or pain if the disc compresses on a spinal nerve. In severe situations, surgery may be required. However, non-surgical treatments such as spinal decompression therapy are also available in Singapore for less severe cases.
Symptoms of Slipped Disc
Common symptoms of slipped discs include:
- Back/lower back pain
- Pain/numbness on one or both sides of the body
- Pain/numbness/weakness in the arms or legs
- Pain that worsens with movement (e.g. pain after walking, standing, or sitting)
- Muscle weakness or exhaustion after completing daily tasks such as sitting or standing
- Radiating pain, tingling, or burning sensations
Symptoms can vary widely across individuals, but if you have recently suffered any trauma to your back or spine it is recommended to seek medical treatment to ascertain if you have a slipped disc. Identifying and beginning treatment as quickly as possible is crucial to managing the consequences of a slipped disc. If treatment is delayed, simple pain may turn into debilitating weakness or even permanent nerve damage.
Some younger sufferers of slipped discs may delay seeking medical advice or treatment, however being young and healthy or active does not mean your condition will remain as such. Even younger patients can suffer long-term consequences from something as serious as a slipped disc.
Proactive treatments can help prevent lingering pain, weakness, or disability from a slipped disc. Our trained chiropractors in Singapore are able to suggest therapy options for pain relief or management to help you regain a normal lifestyle.
Spinal Decompression Therapy for Slipped Disc
Chiropractic care is a non-surgical option that can help alleviate back, lower back, and neck pain stemming from slipped disc injuries. This is recommended for moderate or less severe cases that do not require immediate surgical intervention. It may be suitable for post-surgical individuals as part of a rehabilitation process, but this should only be initiated after full clearance and approval by your doctor.
Spinal decompression therapy is a form of chiropractic care that may be recommended for individuals with slipped discs. Spinal decompression therapy helps to relieve the pressure between the spinal discs, and can be a short-term and long-term pain management strategy. The treatment involves using a machine to gently apply pressure to stretch or pull the spine while you’re lying down. This releases the pressure within your spine, helping to decompress the vertebrae. Find out more about spinal decompression therapy on our blog.
During your consultations with our chiropractors, several assessments will be performed including posture checks, spinal palpation, and spinal manipulation or adjustments to identify the affected areas of your musculoskeletal system. We can also recommend exercises and other at-home treatments to help with pain management.
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Get in touch with us today to find out more about spinal decompression therapy for slipped discs and lower back pain in Singapore. As with any injury related to the spine or back, our trained chiropractors will perform a thorough assessment of your condition and symptoms during a consultation before recommending suitable treatments.