Sciatica / Slipped Disc

“Living with a Slipped a disc, or trapped a nerve? Read on for more information.”

What is a slipped disc?

The terms “slipped disc” and “sciatica” are used a lot, however the meaning is often lost and the terms are often applied to miscellaneous aches and pains. Often people have been told they have a “slipped disc” or a “touch of sciatica” and have chosen to live with these debilitating diagnoses, often avoiding strenuous activity and hobbies they used to love.


The spine is created from bones (vertebra) which are separated by discs. The discs are created from a strong outer layer (annulus) and a spongy inner layer (nuculous pulposus). A slipped disc can refer to a number of separate conditions:

  • Disc bulge
  • Disc herniation
  • Disc extrusion
  • Disc protrusion

These are all issues with the structural integrity of the disc, It is imperative to diagnose the correct category of disc problem so treatment can be targeted to the specific condition. Often the disc can irritate a nerve root, which lay close to the discs, this creates the “sciatic” pain that we are so used to hearing about. Typically sciatica is used to describe any pain from the back, felt in the leg, this term is therefore ambiguous and should be avoided. Your chiropractor will help you understand your clinical symptoms with greater clarity

What does it feel like?

A slipped disc has varying symptoms depending on the particular type of slip. Symptoms can range from a dull ache right through to the sciatic pain we are all so used to hearing about. Sciatic pain often feels like an electric shock running down the leg, it can cause pins and needles in the foot, and sometimes weakness in certain muscles. The pain is unrelenting and will cause considerable emotional distress.

How can chiropractic help?

After a detailed history and physical examination your chiropractor will sit with you and discuss the diagnosis , how long it will take to see improvement, and your suitability for chiropractic care. Your chiropractor will use a number of chiropractic techniques tailored to you and your condition in order to ease symptoms as quickly as possible. Your chiropractor will also educate you on exercise, posture and daily activity modification, this will aid in recovery and give you some piece of mind.

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