Lower back injuries and the Disc, Chiropractic

It has been estimated that disc problems account for 30-40% of cases of back pain seen by Chiropractors. Disc problems can be difficult to diagnose and can produce the same type of back pain as seen in other conditions. In the diagnosis of a herniated disc the most effective diagnostic tool is the MRI. MRI is generally undertaken only for people who have not been able to get relief after 20-40 days of conservative measures (including Chiropractic care). Pain into the leg (sciatica) is often a sign of a disc problem but may also be present in facet syndrome or sacro-iliac joint conditions. The most useful diagnostic test used by Chiropractors in diagnosis of disc conditions is the straight leg raising test. The straight leg raising test stretches the nerve roots to determine if the bulging disc is causing pressure on the nerve root.
Most often disc injuries result from lifting a weight while bent at the waist. Bending at the waist causes the disc to bulge in the rear portion which is the weakest and has the least resistance to rupture. Disc herniations can cause immediate lower back pain which can regress over several weeks. The general trend is for the herniated disc material to grow in size over time. Many disc herniations are years in the making and may also go undetected for many years.
Most all disc herniations treated by Chiropractors involve the lowest two disc of the lumbar spine. If the lowest disc herniates the pain generally involves the back of the thigh, knee, calf, heel and side of the foot to the little toe.
Disc herniations higher in the back produce different locations of pain as a general rule.
Dr. Tom Etter is a Chiropractor with over ten years of practice experience. His Chiropractic practice focus is back pain, neck pain, sports injuries, and whiplash.

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