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Your spine consists of 24 vertebrae (bones) that are stacked on top of each other, with a disc between each set of vertebrae. The discs of your spine are extremely important because they basically work as shock absorbers in order to protect the vertebrae. Each disc is made up of a strong outer layer (Annulus fibrosus) and a soft, jelly-like center (nucleus pulposus); the outer layer provides the disc with strength and the soft center allows the disc to work like a cushion, absorbing the shock when forces are applied to the spine.
There are essentially two types of problems that can occur with spinal discs: an injury that occurs to the wall of the disc causing it to bulge or the disc begins to lose its water content and starts to flatten and deteriorate. The conditions that result from an injury or dehydration include:
The symptoms of disc problems vary depending on where the disc is located that is injured. However, when visiting your chiropractor in Vernon Hills, describing where the pain is located and your specific symptoms will help the chiropractic care team determine which area of your spine the disc is located such as the lumbar (lower back) region or the cervical region. Symptoms for the different locations may include:
If you suspect you may have a problem with one or more of your spinal discs, you should contact your chiropractor in Vernon Hills as soon as possible for an examination. Chiropractic treatment will begin by first determining where the injured disc is located. In order to provide you with a diagnosis, the chiropractor does a few test, such as an MRI or X-ray to confirm the diagnosis and gather more information about treatment options.
Contact Molloy Chiropractic Center, Inc. in Vernon Hills today to schedule an appointment for your spinal examination…the sooner you begin treatment, the sooner you will be pain-free.