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The Spinal Disc

Before giving you information about Slip-Disc treatment options, we need to cover a bit of information on spinal discs. Learning about spinal discs can assist your search in fixing your slip-disc. Spinal discs are highly specialized structures. Their durable configurations enable us to live active lives. A spinal disc is more than just a rubbery cushion connecting your spinal bones (vertebrae). Spinal discs give us the ability to move with agility. Our ability to have flawless motion, dexterity, and quickness depends on our spinal discs' health and well-being.

The spinal disc is a cartilaginous structure with a soft jelly-like interior and a tougher rubber-like exterior. The jelly-like softer inner component is called the Nucleus Pulposus. The outer fibers known as the annulus fibrosus contain the nucleus pulposus. Together these two structures enable our bodies to function with flawless mobility. The nucleus pulposus functions as the fulcrum allowing mobility, while the annular fibrous corrals the nucleus and connect spinal bones. This connecting ability of the annulus fibrous is the reason for the ligament classification of a disc. 

side view of lumbar with slip disc, and spinal degernarations
top view of a healthy spinal disc

Just how important is the spinal disc? How a Slip-Disc impacts muscles, ligaments, joints, and organs?

Some have linked spinal discs to the well-being of our musculature system (spine and joints). We like to point out that the spinal disc is critical for proper function since it can have far-reaching consequences. The importance of a spinal disc is due to its proximity to the spinal cord and spinal nerves. A minor slip-disc can interfere with nerves and eventually be the cause of many health issues.

The spinal cord and spinal nerves are the continuations of our brains. They are the pathways through which our brain communicates with every organ. In fact, collectively, they impact every cell in our bodies. So, any illness or structure that interferes with the nerves or spinal cord can be detrimental. Thus the need to fix even the smallest and most negligible damage or injury, especially spinal structures. 

Our in-depth research and understanding have led to the need to re-classify a spinal disc as a life-sustaining structure. Complications arising from damaged spinal discs (Slip-Disc) are evident in published research; thus, so a slip-disc (slipped disc) can impact the quality and quantity of life.

A Slip-Disc (slip-disk) has been the cause of many terminal conditions. The pain slip-disc causes will not kill you, but their demise causes damage to nerves and leads to the possible malfunction of the life-sustaining organs through interruptions in nerve control. FOr example, severe spinal canal stenosis that results from a large extruded disc can compress nerves vital for a healthy heart, lungs, liver, and other organs. Severe cord compression in such an instance can leady to organ damage and failures. 

The Relationship Between a Slip-Disc and General Health

Chronic slip-disc patients are often suffering from other chronic diseases. The most significant impact a slip-disc has is nerve interference. The cells and organs of the human body are incapable of functioning without constant neuronal simulations (nerve supply). In other words, if the nerve that controls the function of your heart is compressed or not working well, don’t expect to have a healthy functioning heart. In Short, a slip-disc will impact your general health. It is just that simple.

For those that want a better, healthier, and more active life, get periodic checks to ensure proper functionality of the spinal disc and spinal nerves. Good health is more precious than wealth. Most people plan for retirement, but few plan to enjoy their retirement. Let our vetted centers, clinics, doctors, and therapists help you plan and live a better life. Good health doesn't happen; it takes planning, much like retirement.

Our clinical teams and certified centers have the skills, knowledge, and technology to treat and fix even a severe slip-disc. Many of our centers have achieved clinical successes that most believed impossible. Our centers and their experts have helped thousands recover. They have succeeded when others have failed. Our non-surgical teams shined even when surgeons fail. Let us help you today.

How Many Spinal Discs Are There?

There are 23 spinal discs in the human spine: 6 discs in the neck, 12 discs in the upper and mid-back, and 5 discs in the lower back. Collectively, they enable function, connect spinal bones, allow for mobility, provide shock absorbance and protect our spinal cord and nerves. The spine works flawlessly until it is damaged. The lay term better known for a damaged spinal disc is a Slip-Disc.

Slip-Disc is often used as an all-encompassing term relating to spinal disc damage. Medically termed conditions such as a bulging discherniated disc, protruded disc, prolapsed disc, extruded disc, and fragmented discs are conditions referred to as a “Slip-Disc.”

bulging or slipped disc and pinched nerve
different types of slip discs

Is it “Slip-Disc” or “Slipped Disc”?

Well, it doesn’t matter! It is up to you as both are lay-terms describing the same. In other words, it is similar to the saying: "Six" or "half a dozen." We leave it up to you. Your clinical team at Chiropractic Specialty Center knows all of the terms laypersons use in describing a condition. Therefore, the term you use is not as important as understating what a slipped disc, slip disk, or slipped disc is and how it can impact your life. These are more relevant topics to ponder over. 

Is Slip-Disc descriptive of an actual slippage?

The term "Slip-Disc" is a reference to a wide variety of spinal disc conditions. Before we get started on how discs get damaged, we want to set things straight. Spinal Discs do not slip! This may come as a shock to some of you, but facts are facts. Instead of an actual slippage, a spinal disc can bulge, herniate, protrude, prolapse, extrude, sequester, and even fragment. To make this point understood better, let's take a look at ligaments that surround the spinal disc. Two unyielding ligaments surround a spinal disc preventing it from slippage—the Anterior Longitudinal Ligament and the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament form this barrier.

This section may get a bit technical for most of you. We will try to keep it as simple as possible. Would you please bear with us as we share this information with you? Understanding the sequence of events leading to a Slip-Disc is not feasible without knowing the soft tissues that connect to the spinal disc. The Anterior and Posterior Longitudinal Ligaments are the connectors of spinal bones, ligaments, and soft tissues that help keep our spinal discs in place. Well, at least they try. Let's learn how.

spinal disc anatomy and structures

The roles of the Anterior and Posterior Longitudinal Ligaments in Slip-Disc

As the name implies, the Anterior Longitudinal Ligament is located at the front of the spine connecting spinal segments from C2 to the sacrum (tailbone). The Anterior Longitudinal Ligament arises from the Anterior Atlanto Axial Ligament fibers, a ligament that connects the first and second spinal segments. The Anterior Longitudinal Ligament is highly specialized and complex. It connects spinal segments and provides the much-needed support for the disc anteriorly.

The Posterior Longitudinal Ligament or “PLL” runs from Axis (C2) to the Sacrum (Tailbone). On the other hand, the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament runs along with the posterior aspects of the vertebral bodies. It is much thicker and stronger than the Anterior Longitudinal Ligament.

The Posterior Longitudinal Ligament is in the vertebral canal, forming a barrier between the covering of the Thecal Sac (spinal cord) and the disc. The “PLL” is thicker in the thoracic area compared to the cervical (neck) or the lumbar (low back) areas of the spine. The Posterior Longitudinal Ligament is thin when it covers the spinal bones and thicker at attachment points on the spinal discs. The thicker, more robust coverage on the spinal disc serves to protect the disc from dislocating (slippage).

We hope to have disseminated sufficient information on why spinal discs don’t slip.

Although discs do not slip, they herniate. The term slip-disc or slipped disc and herniated disc are interchangeable. In short, a slip-disc, a herniated disc, or a slipped disc are the same. So, now that we have that piece of information out of the way, let's see if we can explain how disc damage such as a herniation (Slip-Disc) occurs.

What causes a Disc to Slip (Slip-Disc)?

The human spinal disc has two components:

  1. Nucleolus Pulposus
  2. Annulus Fibrosis AKA Annular Fibrosus

The Nucleus Pulposus is at the very center of the disc. Quite literally, it is the workhorse of the disc. The Annular Fibrosus are the specialized fibers that provide connections and corals in the nucleolus at the center. The Nucleus enables motion, provides shock absorbance, and forms intervertebral connections. But, yet the most vital role it plays is the synthesis and fabrication of chemical structures a disc needs for survival.

health disc with healthy annulus and nucleus

When the nucleus is under stress, it fails to obtain the nutrients it needs for repairs and recovery. A chronically stressed nucleus loses its’ inherent hydrostatic abilities. The hydrostatic static strength of a disc is the capacity of a spinal disc to withstand the daily stresses, especially when the disc is under load, i.e., sitting.

In short, slip-disc occurs when discal fibers are damaged, worn, or degenerated. A healthy disc will never slip. Before you get a Slip-Disc, there must be sufficient wear and tear in both the Nucleus Pulposus and Annular Fibrosus. What is concerning is that the spinal disc wear and tear are asymptomatic, often start in the teenage years - only to progress as we get older.

Traditionally, it took decades before the damaged discal fibers buckled under stress leading to a slipped disc. In the 1980s, the average age for a slip-disc patient was in the 40s to mid-50s. However, our current lifestyles have placed enormous burdens on our discs. The most critical point occurred with the advent of laptops, followed by smart devices such as pads and phones. In the coming section, we will explain the relationship between Slip-Disc and our modern lifestyles in greater detail.

Prolonged Sitting is the leading cause of Slip-Disc

The data is in, and it doesn’t look good for most of the office workers. The longer you sit, the worse is your spinal health. Sitting is now implicated as the number one reason why many have slip-disc in their late teens or early twenties. Slip-disc was once associated with those involved in manual labor or the elderly. Well, not anymore!

Today, a Slip-Disc patient is an executive, a businessperson, an engineer, a dentist, or a lawyer. In other words, those that sit for prolonged periods. The age at which most get diagnosed ranges from mid-twenties to mid-forties. Twenty-something is fast becoming the most common age. The most common cause is said to be “Axial Loading.” Prolonged sitting (Axial Loading) increases the pressure within a disc, leading to morphological changes that bring about a disc’s demise. In short, the longer you sit, the greater the chances of damaging your spinal discs. 

A damaged spinal disc is a precursor to the Slip-Disc. To understand this better let's look at cause and effect.

Prolonged sitting and its impact on discal pressure are the best cause-and-effect means of explaining a slipped disc. Sitting is said to be as dangerous as smoking. Published literature has cited the harmful impacts brought on by prolonged sitting. And those that smoke and sit all day are even at greater risks of developing severe neck and back issues.

Prolonged sitting causes a slip-disc because of the stresses placed on a disc when we sit. Even a perfect disc will be stressed and eventually damaged with prolonged sitting. Prolonged sitting (Axial Loading) increases the intradiscal pressure (pressure within the disc). The average intradiscal pressure of a healthy spinal disc is slightly below the diastolic blood pressure (70mm Hg). An intradiscal pressure above the diastolic blood pressure interferes with disc hydration and nutrition.

Blood Pressure, Discal Pressure, and Slip-Disc

Increased intradiscal pressure (pressure within a disc) leads to the expelling of fluids and life-sustaining nutrients. Additionally, it causes the expulsion of the ground substances a disc needs for daily repairs and maintenance. Prolonged sitting can quickly increase the intradiscal pressure to above 160 mm Hg (millimeters of mercury). Let's now examine the impact of prolonged sitting in which the discal pressure is 160 mm Hg.

The average healthy pressure within our arteries should be at or around 120 mm Hg. The 12 mm Hg is a measurement of the force our body pushed the blood. So, when the discal pressure is above the pressure present in our arteries, the disc goes hungry. Blood will not flow in and, as such, prevents the nutrients from entering the disc. If this occurs day after day, the disc will degenerate, wear out and even start to crack (tears of the annular fibers).

Healthy annular fibers (annulus fibrosus) prevents the nucleolus from protruding (slipping). , Often, tears are evident. Annular tears occur when there is a lack or deficiency in proteoglycans. Proteoglycans are highly specialized molecules that spinal discs synthesize from nutrients found in blood (oxygen, amino acids, sugars, and water). With a lack of nutrients (blood flow), the chondrocyte-like cells of the Nucleolus Pulposus will not produce or synthesize Proteoglycans. Increased intradiscal pressure leads to loss of nutrients, decreased synthesis of the needed specialized molecules (Proteoglycans), and eventual weakening of the annular fibers. The continued loss or deficiency in blood supply leads to degenerative changes within the nucleus and annulus fibrosus of the spinal disc.

Most Common Slip-Disc Areas

A slip-disc (disc bulge, herniation, prolapse, protrusion, and extrusion) can occur at any of the 23 spinal discs. The lower back is the most common area for a slip-disc. There are five (5) spinal discs (one between each of the five spinal bones). Below is the typical numeral identification representing the segmental position of a spinal disc:

  1. L1-L2 Disc
  2. L2-L3 Disc
  3. L3-L4 Disc
  4. L4-L5 Disc
  5. L5-S1 Disc
slip disc in the neck and back
top view of healthy disc and slip disc caused by herniation

Lumbar Slip-Disc (Slip Disc in the low back)

Technically speaking, a slip-disc can occur at any of the above lumbar (low back) disc. But the vast majority of slip-discs in the lumbar region are either at L4-L5 or L5-S1. Medical research reports that 95% of all slipped-disc cases involving the lumbar spine occur at L4-L5 or L5-S1. Axial loading (prolonged sitting) is one of the common causes of increased prevalence of slip-disc. Interestingly, 95% of all bending at the waist occurs at L4-L5 and L5-S1. Thus, so the combined axial loading and repeated bending or twisting at the waist is the culprit to the rise in occurrences of a slip-disc in the lower lumbar region.

normal disc compared to slip disc

Cervical Slip-Disc (Slip-Disc in the neck)

The neck is the second most common site for a slip-disc. Lower segments of the neck have a higher chance of getting a slip-disc. The human neck has six (6) discs: 

  1. C2-C3 Disc
  2. C3-C4 Disc
  3. C4-C5 Disc
  4. C5-C6 Disc
  5. C6-C7 Disc
  6. C7-T1 Disc

As you may have noticed, C1-C2 Disc is missing from the list above. The reason being is that the C1-C2 interspace of the spine does not have a disc. Spinal discs attach to vertebral bodies of the segment above and segment below. The C1 (Axis) is the first spinal segment. C1 is the ONLY spinal segment that does not have a vertebral body, not counting the sacrum or the coccyx. Hence, the missing spinal disc. Instead, articular cartilage separates the C1-C2 spinal segments.

The C5-C6 disc of the neck is the most common site for slip-disc. This is followed in descending order by the C6-C7, C4-C5, and C7-T1. A slip-disc in the neck is classified slightly differently when compared to other spinal segments. A right posterolateral slip disc at the C5-C6 disc level can compress and irritates the right C6 spinal nerve. For the lower back, a right postero-lateral (foraminal slip-disc) impinges on the L5 nerve. But yet, when the L5-S1 slip-disc is partially posterolateral, it can impinge and irritate the traversing S1 nerve root without invading the neural foramina. 

various forms of slip disc

Are There Different Types of Slip-Disc?

Slip-Disc comes with varying severity. Typically, the more severe a slip-disc, the greater the pain. But yet, many have a severe slip-disc with minimal to almost no pain. And by contrast, there are just as many who suffer from a mild slipped disc but complain of intolerable pain. This goes to show that pain is not a measuring tool for health and well-being. Non-the-less, we believe it may be of help if we shed some light on symptoms, but first, let’s begin with the different types of slip-disc conditions.

In medical community the term Slip-Disc is classified as one of the following eight conditions:

  1. Bulging Disc
  2. Prolapsed Disc
  3. Herniated Disc
  4. Protruded disc
  5. Ruptured Disc
  6. Extruded Disc
  7. Sequestered Disc
  8. Fragmented Disc

For a Slip-Disc to occur, the internal structure of a disc must change. In other words, spinal discs are resilient, and they do not succumb quickly to injury. Of course, unless there are some degenerative changes present. When a spinal disc degenerates, it progressively weakens to a point where the disc fibers buckle, collapse or even tear under load. In short, Slip-Disc is ONLY possible when there are sufficient degenerative changes within a disc. In other words, healthy disc doses do not slip, bulge, herniate or rupture through.

The different names given to disc disorders communicate the extent and severity of spinal disc damage or disease. It is purely for classification purposes. Nowadays, some doctors refer to any of the above eight classifications as a “Slip-Disc” or “Slipped Disc.” Most do so to make plain to their patient the condition from which they suffer. If you want to know, a slipped disc can be fixed and repaired without surgery.

Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD): Precursor to a  “Slip-Disc” (Slipped Disc)

Let's repeat an earlier statement: A spinal disc will not slip unless some degenerative changes are present within the disc. Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) weakens a stressed, worn out, and overworked spinal disc.

All of us will undergo degenerative changes. It is a natural process that occurs as we age. But, some of us degenerate much too soon or at an accelerated rate. Medical research has established disc degeneration in kids as young as nine years old. For some, degenerative change is linked to a genetic predisposition. Others that degenerate far too early may have had a traumatic event during childhood. And yet, some participated in strenuous athletic activities such as deadlifts, wrestling, rugby, or American football.

Disc degeneration weakens the disc fibers known as the “Lamellae.” The name lamellae refer to the fibers of the Annulus Fibrosus. The Annulus Fibrosis (Annular ligament) forms concentric rings around the Nucleolus Pulposus. Each ring is a “Lamella.” On average, there are 10-25 of these rings organized in a specific configuration, making them stronger, and collectively they are referred to as the “Lamellae.” A Degenerated disc is a weak and dehydrated disc in which the lamellae easily buckle or collapse under load, which causes the lamellae (annular fibers) to bulge or slip.

Bulging Disc (Disc Bulge): Initial Stage in Slip-Disc

A bulging disc is an all too common condition inflicting pain or discomfort of varying intensity. Over 90% of back pain sufferers have some degree of disc damage. Bulging discs are usually painless unless there is some degree of annular tears. Very mild or early tears can lead to either frequent or intermittent back pain or neck pain.

Although most suffers are asymptomatic, a bulging disc can cause pain. We will now go over the cause and origin of pain as associated with a bulging disc. The outer fibers of the disc (annular fibers) form concentric rings around the nucleus. In between the outermost fibers of the annular fibrosus lie nociceptors (pain-sensing nerve): the Sinuvertebral Nerve. The primary function of this nerve is to report pain when it is compressed. In other words, the buckling or bulging of annular fibers compresses and irritates this nerve. The Sinuvertebral Nerve transmits and communicates the compression to the brain, where it is appreciated as “PAIN.”

The Nociceptive triggering of a disc bulge is considered by most as a critical stage. A painful disc bulge is a sign of progression. Often, the damage progresses into a more sinister form of disc disorder, such as a herniated or protruded spinal disc. In other words, a painful disc bulge is a heartbeat away from a full-blown Slip-Disc.

But yet most spinal surgeons ignore a bulging disc. Some even tell patients that there is nothing to worry about or that it will be all right. A disc bulge can and always leads to more dangerous forms of a Slip-Disc. Get small issues rectified before they become critical. Your surgeon may want to wait until you become a surgical candidate; you, on the other hand, should take every measure possible to avoid the surgical stage.

disc herniation and disc bulge forms of slip disc

Prolapsed Disc: The Second Stage of a Slip-Disc

The term prolapse means a part of an organ that has moved or slipped forward. A prolapsed disc is a bulging disc that has progressed to a more serious stage. A prolapsed disc is similar to a bulge; the only difference is that buckling or bulging disc fibers is much greater. Prolapsed discs are classified as mild, moderate, or even severe. However, moderate and severe prolapsed discs are rare.

A prolapsed disc is a bigger bulging disc. In fact, it can be large enough to impinge upon nerves and even the spinal cord. In essence, it is a case in which the nucleus has moved or slipped forward compressing, and pushing the annular fibrosus. Unlike a protruded disc (herniated disc), there aren't any tears in the annular fibers or the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament in a prolapsed disc. But, the continued stresses placed on the annular ligaments can lead to annular tears of the annular ligament (Annular Fibrosus).

Extruded and herniated discs forms of slip disc

Herniated Disc (Protruded Disc): The Third and Critical stage of Slip-Disc

A Herniated disc and Protruded disc describe a Slip-Disc stage in which the nucleus has pushed through the Annular Fibrosis. For a slip-disc to herniate or protrude through: the annular fibrosus must tear first. Like the Prolapsed Disc, Herniated Disc can be mild, moderate, or severe. The larger herniations (protrusions) are linked to nerve damage.

Patients who suffer from a Herniated Disc or Protruded Disc form a Slip-Disc complain of numbness, tingling, and even weakness in the associated limbs. Some will even complain of disorders with bowels, bladder, reproductive, and even sexual organs. As with all the stages, we have studied thus far, the Herniated stage of a Slip-Disc can progress. Hence, the need for proper curative care is rendered promptly.

a fragmented disc (slip disc)

Extruded Disc  (Raptured Disc): The Fourth and Critical stage of Slip-Disc

An Extruded disc or Ruptured Disc stage of a Slip-Disc where the disc material ruptures through the Annular Fibrosus but not yet through the Longitudinal Ligament. In essence, an extruded or ruptured disc is a large herniated disc (protruded disc).

The eYes, we said repaired and corrected. xtruded Disc stage of the Slip-Disc can severely compress both the cord and nerves, leading to paralysis or loss of bowels or bladder functions. Conservative treatments have proven effective even though many surgeons recommend surgery when a slip-disc hits the extruded disc stage. Herniated, protruded, and even extruded discs can is best treated and repaired non-evasively. In other words, an extruded disc can be fixed and even reversed.

fragmented form of slip disc

Sequestered Disc (Fragmented Disc): A Severe of Slip-Disc

A Fragmented Disc, also is known as a Sequestered Disc, is the most dangerous stage of a Slip-Disc. Spinal Disc damage is a progressive condition that starts with disc degeneration and progresses until it reaches the sequestered stage. A Sequestered Disc (Fragmented Disc) occurs when the nuclear material penetrates through the Annular Fibrosus and the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament.

The Sequestered and Fragmented stage of a Slip-Disc is the ONLY state in which nuclear material reaches the Spinal Canal. Most surgeons recommend surgery, but there are documented cases where conservative care has reversed a sequestered disc. We have studied several cases in our centers where we have managed to reverse even a sequestered disc. Documentation was through pre and post-therapy MRI. Hence, if you have been told to have surgery, you may want a second opinion from our non-surgical teams: Contact Us Now!

What are the Symptoms of a Slip-Disc?

A Slip-Disc can occur at any part of your spine from the neck all the way down to your lowest point of the lower back. Thus, when you have a Slip-Disc, symptoms can start from your neck all the way down to your toes. Also, the severity of the slip-disc can impact the severity of pain. In short, symptoms are dependent on the location and severity of the slippage (herniation), with some exceptions.

Some patients have minor slip-discs but yet complain of severe pain. Just as well, some have severe slip-discs and yet have no symptoms at all. The point we are making here is that symptoms aren’t a measuring stick that gauges your level of health. Hence, if your slip-disc is not causing you significant pain or discomfort, it does not make it any less severe. The key to recovery and avoidance of nasty symptoms is getting the appropriate care at the earliest stage of a slipped disc. However, for those interested in slip-disc symptoms, these include neck pain, back pain, upper extremity pain, lower extremity pain, numbness and tingling in the arms or legs, or weakness in the limbs.

areas of pain with slip disc

Symptoms of Slip-Disc in the Neck

A slipped disc in the neck is more dangerous than a slipped disc in the upper back, mid-back, or lower back.  Compression of the spinal cord at the neck can cause symptoms from the head all the way down to your toes.  In fact, a severe slip-disc in the neck can paralyze. Therefore the need for urgent care is critical when slip-disc involves the neck.  Below is a list of symptoms associated with slip-disc that occurs in the neck:

  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Neck Pain or neck discomfort
  • Upper Back Pain or upper back discomfort
  • Burning sensations in the neck
  • Burning sensations in the upper or mid-back
  • Pain, discomfort, or stiffness in the shoulders and arms
  • Burning sensations in the shoulders or arms
  • Numbness, tingling, or burning sensations in the wrists, hands, or fingers
  • Weakness in arms or shoulders
  • Mid Back Pain or mid-back discomfort
  • Lower Back Pain or lower back discomfort
  • Burning sensations in the lower back or the buttocks
  • Pain, discomfort, or stiffness in the glutes, thighs, and legs
  • Burning sensations in the thighs or legs
  • Numbness, tingling, or burning sensations in the ankles, feet, or toes
  • Weakness in legs, knees, or feet

Symptoms of Slip Disc in the Back (Lower Back)

The low back is the most common site for a sip disc. The most common slip disc segment in the spine is the L4-L5 or L5-S1 discs.  However, most have a combined L4-L5 and an L5-S1 slip disc. The combined L4-L5 and L5-S1 slip disc patients have a long-standing history of lower back issues. Lumbar slip disc (slip disc in the lower back) has several associated symptoms. We have listed the most common symptoms below for review:

  • Lower Back Pain, Lower Back discomfort or tightness
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both buttocks
  • Pain in hips, thighs, or legs
  • Tight Hamstrings or Quadriceps (Thigh Muscles)
  • Numbness, tingling, burning sensations in the hips, thighs, legs, feet, or toes
  • Weakness in hips, knees, leg or ankles (feet)
  • Buckling or “giving away” of knees and legs
  • Incontinence
  • Frequent constipation
  • Disorders or dysfunction of the bowels or bladder
  • Infertility (males & females)
  • Disorder, dysfunction, or disease of the reproductive organs
  • Erectile dysfunction or even impotence in males
  • Groin or testicular pain and discomfort

Keep in mind that symptom is the last sign.

Symptoms are your body’s attempt at communicating issues it has a harmful impact on you.

Some slip-disc patients start having symptoms when their slip-disc is minor. But, most get symptoms when the small issues become significant. In other words, some may not sense pain or discomfort until the slip-disc is at a moderate stage. But, yet some never get any symptoms or warning signs. Therefore, please heed our advice if you experience any symptoms listed in the neck or lower back section: Do not ignore your pain. Neglect of all minor issues is the leading cause of severe health problems.

In some, the symptoms of a slip-discs are atypical. Most can assume that they have a spinal issue when they experience neck or low back pain. But, when there is no skeletal pain present, it becomes harder to identify the root cause. It may surprise some: most all slip-disc patients will have at least one or more non-musculoskeletal symptoms.

Non-Musculoskeletal symptoms of Slip-Disc

Slip discs cause symptoms because they pinch and irritate nerves. Nerves are the controlling mechanisms of our bodies. In other words, our nerves control the function of every single cell. In short, a slip-disc can cause nerve interference. Anytime your nerve is interfered with (pinched or irritated), its' function will be interrupted. In conclusion, a slip-disc in the neck can cause more than the musculoskeletal symptoms we have listed above.

In fact, slipped discs in the neck or a slipped disc in the lower back can lead to diseases and symptoms in multiple organs. Patients with long-standing chronic slip-disc disorders also complain of the following symptoms:

  • Dizziness and ringing in the ears
  • Loss of memory or inability to focus
  • Fatigue
  • Depressed immune system
  • Hypertension
  • Cardiovascular diseases or complications
  • Respiratory deficiencies, troubles, and disorders
  • Digestive disturbances
  • Intestinal pain, discomfort, and disorders
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Reproductive disorders
  • Kidney and Urinary tract disorders and diseases
  • Disorders and diseases involving the bowels

Symptoms of Slip-Disc in the Neck

A slipped disc in the neck is more dangerous than a slipped disc in the upper back, mid-back, or lower back.  Compression of the spinal cord at the neck can cause symptoms from the head all the way down to your toes.  In fact, a severe slip-disc in the neck can paralyze. Therefore the need for urgent care is critical when slip-disc involves the neck.  Below is a list of symptoms associated with slip-disc that occurs in the neck:

  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Neck Pain or neck discomfort
  • Upper Back Pain or upper back discomfort
  • Burning sensations in the neck
  • Burning sensations in the upper or mid-back
  • Pain, discomfort, or stiffness in the shoulders and arms
  • Burning sensations in the shoulders or arms
  • Numbness, tingling, burning sensations in the wrists, hands, or fingers
  • Weakness in arms or shoulders
  • Mid Back Pain or mid-back discomfort
  • Lower Back Pain or lower back discomfort
  • Burning sensations in the lower back or the buttocks
  • Pain, discomfort, or stiffness in the glutes, thighs, and legs
  • Burning sensations in the thighs or legs
  • Numbness, tingling, burning sensations in the ankles, feet, or toes
  • Weakness in legs, knees, or feet

Symptoms of Slip Disc in the Back (Lower Back)

The low back is the most common site for a sip disc. The most common slip disc segment in the spine is the L4-L5 or L5-S1 discs.  However, most have a combined L4-L5 and an L5-S1 slip disc. The combined L4-L5 and L5-S1 slip disc patients have a long-standing history lower back issues. Lumbar slip disc (slip disc in the lower back) have several associated symptoms. We have listed the most common symptoms below for review:

  • Lower Back Pain, Lower Back discomfort or tightness
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both buttocks
  • Pain in Hips, thighs or legs
  • Tight Hamstrings or Quadriceps (Thigh Muscles)
  • Numbness, tingling or burning sensations in the hips, thighs, legs, feet or toes
  • Weakness in hips, knees, leg or ankles (feet)
  • Buckling or “giving away” of knees and legs
  • Incontinence
  • Frequent constipation
  • Disorders or dysfunction of the bowels or bladder
  • Infertility (males & females)
  • Disorder, dysfunction or disease of the reproductive organs
  • Erectile dysfunction or even impotence in males
  • Groin or testicular pain and discomfort

Keep in mind that symptom is the last sign.

Symptoms are your body’s attempt at communicating issues it has a harmful impact on you.

Some slip-disc patients start having symptoms when their slip-disc is minor. But, most get symptoms when the small issues become significant. In other words, some may not sense pain or discomfort until the slip-disc is at a moderate stage. But, yet some never get any symptoms or warning signs. Therefore, please heed our advice if you experience any symptoms listed in the neck or lower back section: Do not ignore your pain. Neglect of all minor issues is the leading cause of severe health problems.

In some, the symptoms of a slip-discs are atypical. Most can assume that they have a spinal issue when they experience neck or low back pain. But, when there is no skeletal pain present, it becomes harder to identify the root cause. It may surprise some: most all slip-disc patients will have at least one or more non-musculoskeletal symptoms.

Non-Musculoskeletal symptoms of Slip-Disc

Slip discs cause symptoms because they pinch and irritate nerves. Nerves are the controlling mechanisms of our bodies. In other words, our nerves control the function of every single cell. In short, a slip-disc can cause nerve interference. Anytime your nerve is interfered with (pinched or irritated), its' function will be interrupted. In conclusion, a slip-disc in the neck can cause more than the musculoskeletal symptoms we have listed above.

In fact, slipped discs in the neck or a slipped disc in the lower back can lead to diseases and symptoms in multiple organs. Patients with long-standing chronic slip-disc disorders also complain of the following symptoms:

  • Dizziness and ringing in the ears
  • Loss of memory or inability to focus
  • Fatigue
  • Depressed immune system
  • Hypertension
  • Cardiovascular diseases or complications
  • Respiratory deficiencies, troubles, and disorders
  • Digestive disturbances
  • Intestinal pain, discomfort, and disorders
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Reproductive disorders
  • Kidney and Urinary tract disorders and diseases
  • Disorders and diseases involving the bowels
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How to Treat a Slip-Disc Successfully?

Sound Clinical judgment and knowledge are needed to assess an individual with slip-disc correctly. Far too many surgeons, GPs, and chiropractors that see and treat slip-disc patients lack the knowledge that we have shared on this page with you.  Clinically, those with knowledge, skill,s and proper therapy technology can easily treat a slipped discs without needles or surgery. A herniated or protruded disc (slip-disc) is best treated through non-invasive therapy. To date, the best of such methods or measures have combined effective methods of chiropracticphysiotherapy, rehabilitation, and course therapy machines. The key is your caretaker. The doctor that treats you must have comprehensive knowledge of the spinal disc for him to succeed.

How to know all your Treatment Options

Some countries have laws that require surgeons, physicians, doctors, and therapists to inform their patients of all known alternatives options to spine surgery. But yet, few follow this rule: mostly due to ignorance or lack of educated on effective alternatives for a given condition. Unfortunately, in today’s world, patients are left to learn about effective alternatives to spine surgery on their own.

The best and easiest way to learn about neck or back surgery alternatives is to ask your surgeon about the non-invasive options. Spine surgery should be your last option. Spine surgery failures are more common than most surgeons like them to be. As such, you must exhaust all your conservative treatment options first before opting for spine surgery. Here are a couple of questions you can ask your doctor:

  • Ask what they would try if they were in your shoes?
  • What are the alternatives to spine surgery?

Most surgeons are aware of alternatives to spine surgery. But yet, few recommend surgical alternatives to their slip-disc patients.

Perhaps it is economic factors that prevent them from supporting alternative surgical care. Or just because they have let their knowledge in their respective field get outdated! Nonetheless, the importance of finding an effective non-surgical solution is paramount.

First and foremost, don’t let the surgeon convince you of the need for spinal surgery. Treating even a severe slip-disc without surgery or injections is possible. In fact, medical research throughout the world recommends and encourages a non-surgical solution. Surgery is not a fix or repair; it is a patch, and as with most patches, they are temporary only to reoccur when you least expect it.

Surgical centers invest million of their hard-earned money into surgical intervention. Little or no money is spent on upgrading or purchasing equipment that can improve their non-surgical methods of care. As such, a surgical center can never qualify as an alternative center for spine surgery.

Fix and Reverse Your Slip-Disc Today

The best means of fixing a slip-disc is through non-invasive methods. However, the key to a successful outcome is knowing which non-surgical intervention is the best. You should consider surgery or invasive procedures only when the non-surgical means have failed. We launched this website to help spine patients find an effective solution without having to resort to surgery.

We are not opposed to surgery but rather oppose spinal surgeries without giving therapy a chance. In other words, a surgery that is done without even attempting to fix the damage non-surgically. Our goal is to provide the needed information for those who seek an effective alternative to spine surgery. We do this because far too many are keen to operate on a patient even despite effective alternatives.

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Spine surgeons such as orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons love to operate on mild to moderate slip-disc issues.

They prefer to operate on those that do not need an operative solution. Why would they do this? Well, the mild and moderate slip-disc cases are easier to operate. Surgeons, like other professions, need a good record. The more straightforward cases they operate, the better their record looks. However, many excellent surgeons are vigorously unyielding in their attempts to benefit their patients versus their egos or wallets. They are easy to find, and they may be a hit or miss for most of you.

From a research point, the non-surgical interventions and care methods are the best primary means of intervention. Researchers from all over the globe are recommending a non-surgical intervention regardless of how severe a slip-disc is. In the event the non-operative means are not sufficient, surgery becomes a viable option. In short, go for the non-operative means of care before you even contemplate surgery.

Non-Surgical Slip-Disc Treatment at Hospitals or Surgical Center 

I think we can all agree that hospitals are the best places where one get surgery or recover from infections and a place for post-surgical care. Also, surgical centers could be helpful for those who live in small towns where there aren’t any good non-surgical treatment centers.

Hospitals prefer surgery to therapy when it comes to the spine and joint cases: it makes better Dollars-and-Cents! Unfortunately, it is that simple. A surgical center is not the best place for non-surgical slip-disc treatments. It is always better to go to a non-surgical center for non-surgical therapy options if you have a choice.

You should make your best effort to find a center specializing in the non-surgical treatment of a slipped disc. If you live in larger cities or townships, you should not have trouble finding a good treatment center. The best and easiest way is to take to the Internet.

Google is awesome; all you have to do is type: “Slip-Disc Treatment.” Make sure to add in your township or city. For example, if you live in Kuala Lumpur (KL, Malaysia), you should type: “Slip-Disc Treatment KL” or "Slip--Disc Treatment Kuala Lumpur.”  In no time at all, Mr. Google will give you a list of centers. Then, all you got to do is to call them and ask about their non-surgical slip-disc treatments. But, the best way of finding a center near you is by contacting us at the bottom of this page. Drop us an email with your questions and concerns.  We will study it and get back to you expeditiously: that is a promise from us (slip-disc.com). 

Slip-Disc Treatment at Non-Surgical Center

Neck pain and back pain is the most common health problem in our world today. No one is immune, and it doesn’t look as things will improve. Our modern lifestyles are impacting our spinal health in ways none imagined. Slip-Disc is becoming more common. The need for an effective slip-disc treatment has never been greater. But, it would help if you were careful when searching for a non-invasive slip-disc treatment center. The rise in the number of slip-disc sufferers has increased significantly. And as such, comes the increase in numbers of centers whom we have named: the profiteers.

The profiteers lack the knowledge, skills, or technology needed for an effective alternative to invasive treatments of a slipped disc. Unfortunately, we live in a time where there is a proliferation of centers, clinics, and even hospitals lacking skills, knowledge, or technology. The treatments you get from these ill-equipped or poorly knowledgeable centers, clinics, and hospitals do little but waste your time, money, and well-being. Do a bit of homework: use Google to search, ask a friend or contact us.

The best non-invasive centers offer a combined slipped-disc treatment option through chiropractic, physical therapy (physiotherapy), and spinal decompression. Spinal decompression therapy has proven effective. In fact, it is the single most important therapy device in any center that offers slip-disc treatment. However, be mindful of those that peddle traction as spinal decompression. Below is our list of genuine spinal decompression therapy devices:

  1. RxDecom®
  2. Vax-D®
  3. Accu-Spina®
  4. DRX-9000®

If it is not one of these, then the chances are that it is glorified traction. Don’t waste your time with traction or traction-like devices, as the benefits derived are temporary at best.

How to Find the Best Non-Surgical Slip-Disc Treatment Center

Finding the best in any field is not easy. It is even harder in healthcare. Every center claims to either “have the best” or “be the best.” Sadly, it is hard for a layperson to identify the better centers when everyone claims to be the best. Well, that is exactly why we launched this website.

Our website: slip-disc.com, offers everyone an insight into effective non-surgical treatment options for slip-disc. We aim to become an avenue to providing information on centers that have the proper qualifications, knowledge, technology, and clinical acumen needed for effective and lasting relief of a slip-disc. A non-invasive slip-disc treatment option that fixes and repairs the damage is possible. The key is to find the correct slip-disc treatment center.

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We provided a list of our recommended TRUE Spinal Decompression Therapy Devices.

But, keep in mind that most centers offering TRUE Spinal Decompression Therapy have advanced training that goes beyond chiropractic or physiotherapy. A great example of these centers is Chiropractic Specialty Center®. We admit that we may be biased, as the clinical team of Chiropractic Specialty Center® wrote this article. But, the facts remain: the training, skills, knowledge, and technology of Chiropractic Specialty Center® are second to none.

For starters, Chiropractic Specialty Center® ONLY chose the best and most learned physiotherapists and chiropractors. Once they have qualified to be a team member, they undergo our in-depth training program. The training program for the technical staff is an intensive full-time event that spans up to 8 weeks. Nothing is left to chance. Slip-disc treatment is unique and proprietary at Chiropractic Specialty Centers®. We aim to provide the public with information on centers that offer similar efficacy in care, even if they include other forms of care. In short, the best non-surgical slip-disc treatment center in town is listed on this website. Let us help you recover faster today.

Importance of Technology when it comes to Slip-Disc Treatment

Technology is changing lives at speeds of light. The old or antiquated methods of the past belong to history pages. Some centers and hospitals have advanced technology, some offer care from outdated devices a decade ago. There are varying types of care with or without technology. The one thing for certain is that technology has improved healthcare. The impact technology has had on slip-disc is even greater. Today, slip-disc cure and repair are possible even for the most severe case.

Surgeons or Hospitals may not be very keen on non-surgical interventions, but the non-surgical slip-disc treatment technology can have a life-changing impact on patients' lives. We have studied many cases where a severe slip-disc was successfully treated without surgery. In fact, we have even studied a case report where a sequestered disc was reabsorbed entirely through non-surgical expert care rendered by the clinical teams of Chiropractic Specialty Center®.

Advanced spinal rehabilitative devices and technologies will soon abolish the need for many surgical interventions. Cutting and throwing away important body parts should never be considered a fix. At best, surgery is a patch, and as such, it should be avoided, especially if there is a viable alternative. The best and most efficient alternative made possible through technology is spinal decompression therapy. The best and most advanced form of Spinal Decompression devices is through the RxDecom®.

Is Technology Alone Enough to Fix and Repair a Slip-Disc?

Centers that have specialized non-surgical spine technology for slipped discs will always be able to get better results than others. But, in-depth knowledge of slip-disc, experience, and skilled technical and clinical teams are as important. Thus, advanced technology is a tool that enables your doctor and therapist. Machines or devices do not treat patients; physicians and therapists do! Great technology is helpful, but the clinical team rendering care through advanced technology is of critical importance. Some centers, like Chiropractic Specialty Centers, have accomplished what most have failed: Advanced Technology coupled with expert clinical care from teams of Chiropractors and Physiotherapists.

Spinal Decompression Therapy is key to the success of treatments given by your clinical team. The type of devices used is important, but it can never take the place of a well-educated, well-trained, knowledgeable, experienced clinical team. You should take steps to ensure that the device they use provides you a lasting relief rather than a temporary fix. We can help you identify the good from the bad. Email us the name of the center and the spinal decompression device they use. We will look into them for you and email you back with our thoughts and findings.

Why Chiropractic Specialty Center® Achieves Results When Other Fail?

Some treatment centers offer chiropractic, while others offer medication or physiotherapy. Few offer patients a combination of one or more disciplines of care. The differences between them may appear as minor to most laypersons, but at times they are quite significant. One such scenario is playing out in centers that offer Chiropractic, Physiotherapy, and Traction. But, to the general public, they may advertise chiropractic, physiotherapy, and spinal decompression. We wish to bring attention to these centers as the care they provide may be short-lived even if correctly rendered. Technology and devices used in the course of your care are necessary. Using these low grades of technology will undoubtedly bring about inferior results. It is just that simple.

Chiropractic Specialty Centers developed a unique system of care incorporating the best practices of chiropractic, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, nutrition, exercise, and spinal decompression under one roof. The clinical teams of Chiropractic Specialty Centers intensely train to improve their skills and knowledge. Each physiotherapist and every chiropractor is hand-picked and trained in-house. Additional, regular training and exercise sessions are held weekly. Furthermore, each clinical team member must research and provide a summary of their research in writing. In short, there is no secret to their success. Their clinical success results from their skills, knowledge, research, experience, and continuous training and education. Being the best takes dedication and hard work.

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What to expect when visiting a Chiropractic Specialty Center®?

Before you slip-disc treatment, one of our Doctors of Chiropractic or one of our Clinical physiotherapists will spend lots of time talking to you about your slip-disc. After a thorough history of your current issue, our clinical team will evaluate every aspect of your condition. We will assess you through a series of orthopedic tests, neurological tests, physical examination, and even radiographic and diagnostic imaging evaluations.

Often, our doctors of chiropractic may request an MRI. If MRI scans are needed, you will be informed. Our center can even set up time at a hospital of your choosing. Additionally, we have a list of all local hospitals and can make the appropriate recommendation based on your needs. The MRI scan offers an insight into the spine and joint problems that X-rays cannot. Often, some doctors make mistakes and order x-rays when their patient needs an MRI Scan. Well, that will not happen at one of our recommended centers. Before we support a center for slip-disc treatment, we assert ourselves in their abilities and experience.

What to expect when visiting a Chiropractic Specialty Center®?

Before you slip-disc treatment, one of our Doctors of Chiropractic or one of our Clinical physiotherapists will spend lots of time talking to you about your slip-disc. After a thorough history of your current issue, our clinical team will evaluate every aspect of your condition. We will assess you through a series of orthopedic tests, neurological tests, physical examination, and even radiographic and diagnostic imaging evaluations.

Often, our doctors of chiropractic may request an MRI. If MRI scans are needed, you will be informed. Our center can even set up time at a hospital of your choosing. Additionally, we have a list of all local hospitals and can make the appropriate recommendation based on your needs. The MRI scan offers an insight into the spine and joint problems that X-rays cannot. Often, some doctors make mistakes and order x-rays when their patient needs an MRI Scan. Well, that will not happen at one of our recommended centers. Before we support a center for slip-disc treatment, we assert ourselves in their abilities and experience.

The treatments you get from one of our centers are based on clinical needs.

Your treatments will start only when we have had a chance to evaluate your condition before establishing a targeted treatment plan. We will provide you with a detailed report of our findings. Furthermore, we will go over your MRI films and point out areas of concern. If we diagnose you with a Slip-Disc, the treatments you get from us will be through the combined efforts of our chiropractors and physiotherapists, better known as NSD Therapy®. Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy, better known as NSD Therapy®, is a multi-pronged method of care that includes care through Advanced Technology.

Best of all, treatments are painless at Chiropractic Specialty Center®.  In fact, our motto is: MORE Gained when there is NO PAIN.

Our Vetted Slip-Disc Treatment Center

Chiropractic Specialty Center® maintains this website. CSC centers have achieved clinical successes when others have failed. Our methods of treatment are clinically sound and are based on the latest published research. Also, we will refer other clinics and centers that we believe have the knowledge and skills to effectively treat a slip-disc without the need for drugs or surgery. We recommend centers that have physiotherapy, chiropractic, genuine spinal decompression, and rehabilitation. Chiropractic care or physiotherapy alone are incapable of providing a non-operative solution. Chiropractic and physical therapy (physiotherapy) should be combined when treating a slip-disc. Additionally, as good as some chiropractors or physiotherapists may be, the collective efforts will be limited.

We welcome all clinical non-operative centers offering Chiropractic, physical therapy (physiotherapy), rehabilitation and spinal decompression therapy to contact for possible listing. Listing of clinics and centers will occur upon our review of your services and center. We ONLY accept those that we deem are the Best of the Best in their respective cities. Please contact our clinical director for more information.

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Certified Slip-Disc Treatment Centers through Non-Surgical Means

Our Slip-Disc centers and clinics have better knowledge, skills, and technology. Our methods of care can help you even if others have failed. There are thousands of chiropractic, physiotherapy, and a host of other providers that claim to have the proper methods of care. But, yet none of them have proven track records.

Clinics and centers listed on this page have been thoroughly vetted by us to make sure that they have the skills and knowledge needed to achieve non-surgical clinical successes.

Even though we maintain this website, you will find other clinics and centers that are recommended by us. Our aim is to bring information about the non-surgical and non-invasive slip-disc treatments that are now possible with technology. So, the centers and clinics listed on this website are those that we believe have the skills, knowledge, and technology to offer you the best non-invasive spine care.

Our certified centers (vetted centers) will tailor a targeted treatment plan to meet your individual needs. Slip-Disc treatment and scoliosis treatment in one of our vetted and certified centers may include Chiropractic, Physiotherapy (Physical Therapy), Spinal Decompression Therapy, Manual Therapies, Rehabilitation, and Nutrition. Opt for the best non-surgical slipped disc and scoliosis treatment option today.

Your first step in finding a non-surgical option is easy: call one of our centers on the contact us page now. So, make an appointment to find information about effective non-surgical slip-disc treatment that surgical centers don’t want you to know. Let us help you recover without spine surgery. The cut and throw away methods are temporary at best. Why should you choose a patch, when you can have a holistic repair without the damage of a surgical intervention? Keep in mind that once you opt for spine surgery (fusion), you may get slipped disc in segments that were healthy before surgery. So, if you have a slip-disc opt for NSD Therapy®. NSD Therapy® is the best of conservative treatments for a slip-disc.