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Disc Injuries, Sciatica & Pinched Nerve

Disc problems
The disc is a small cartilage pad that is situated between spinal bones. The soft jellylike center of the disc is surrounded and contained by layers of fibrous tissue. Each disc serves as a connector, spacer, and shock absorber for the spine. When healthy, discs allow for free and flexible motion of the spine.

Spinal discs have a very limited need for blood supply and depend upon the circulation of surrounding joint fluids to bring nutrients and expel waste. If a spinal joint loses its normal motion and this pumping action is impaired, the health of the disc deteriorates. Like a wet sponge, a healthy disc is flexible. A dehydrated disc, like a dry sponge, is hard, stiff, and can crack easily. A progressive loss of hydration is how many disc problems begin.

Because of the way each disc is attached to the entire surface of the vertebrae above and below it, a disc cannot slip as commonly thought. However, trauma or injury to the spine can cause discs to bulge, herniate, or worse, rupture. This can be quite painful, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots, and interfering with their function.

While results cannot be guaranteed, many patients have avoided surgery or a dependency on pain pills, by choosing conservative chiropractic care to help them heal and manage the intermittent instability sometimes associated with disc problems.

The sciatic nerve is a long nerve originating in the lower back and extending down the backs of the legs. When this nerve is irritated, it can cause pain, numbness, weakness, or other symptoms in the lower back and down the leg. There are several possible causes of this condition. A misaligned vertebra can cause inflammation of the joints, putting pressure on the nerve. Bulging discs and muscle spasms can also cause pressure on the sciatic nerve. Several other conditions may also cause this symptom, so a complete evaluation would be needed to correctly assess the exact cause. If your evaluation indicates that your sciatica is a chiropractic condition, treatment often includes chiropractic adjustments, use of icepacks to the lower back, where the sciatic nerve originates, and muscle stretching exercises. Chiropractic built its reputation helping to resolve conditions like sciatica when no other form of treatment did the job.

Pinched Nerve
A pinched nerve is just that. It is a severely compressed nerve, usually caused by a misaligned vertebra. When nerves get pinched they become severely inflamed and muscles may spasm, causing even more discomfort. The pain may become so severe that you can't move that part of the body and it can cause other symptoms as well. There can be several causes of pinched nerve; a proper examination is needed to determine the exact cause. Your chiropractor has had years of study and is licensed to evaluate and diagnose your pinched nerve problem. This is what we do! Let us help you figure out what is going on and help manage your care to resolution, whether under our care or in the hands of someone we can refer you to if yours is not a chiropractic case alone.


Syracuse Chiropractor | Disc Injuries, Sciatica & Pinched Nerve. Dr. Carrie Goettsch is a Syracuse Chiropractor.