Have I Slipped a Disc?

A slipped disk is really a misnomer. It’s not really a disk that slips out of between your bony structures, your vertebrae in your body. What a slipped disk is, or we call it a prolapsed, or a bulging disk, is actually a weakened structure in the outer layers of the disk in between the vertebrae. There is a jelly-like, or a gelatinous type of substance in between those layers. That’s there to help cushion the disk, and allow enough space for the nerve to come out without being impeded.

What happens in a slipped disk is that there is a weakened structure outside of the nucleus, the annular fibers, that allows the jelly-like substance to extrude, or protrude out of the disk against the nerve. The nerve will send pain down into the back part of the leg, or into different, what we call dermatomal areas of the body. We can tell which levels of your spine have been injured by your symptoms that you tell us. That helps us determine or diagnose exactly which levels have been herniated or prolapsed. You can have a disk issue without having a true prolapse of the fibers all the way out. We can help with either of those different types of scenarios, where we do physical therapy, or different techniques where we can help alleviate the pain of a slipped disk.

How Do I Know I Have A Slipped Disc?

We can tell which levels of your spine have been injured by your symptoms that you tell us. That helps us determine or diagnose exactly which levels have been herniated or prolapsed.

Do you think you have a slipped disk? Call Denver Integrated Spine today and we can assess your case.

Sciatic Pain: How Do You Get It And What Are The Symptoms?

Sciatic pain is a impingement of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the spine; it’s the longest nerve. It comes out of the lower back, goes down through the buttock area, down into the leg and people typically feel a numbness, burning or a pain down the back of the leg.

There are two major reasons for a sciatic condition. Number one is a herniated disc in the lower back. That can impinge upon the nerve as it exits the spinal bony structures of the lower back. Another issue is you could have spasms in a couple of the muscles in what we call the hip rotators; the muscles in the buttock area. Those can impinge upon or, if they are in spasm, they’ll actually pinch that nerve as it goes through the muscle. It’s called the piriformis muscle.

How Can I Alleviate My Sciatic Pain at Home?

The best stretches you can do at home to help alleviate sciatic pain are two basic stretches: number one is to lay flat on your back, bring your knees to your chest, and hug your knees toward your chest and roll back and forth and that will help stretch the muscles in the lower back. It will also help open up the disc spaces in the lower back. There’s another stretch for the piriformis muscle that is very effective in helping alieve sciatic pain. The important thing is is to actually determine which of those two conditions is causing your sciatic pain and to get that looked at. That’s more important than actually doing the stretch at home. Then we can have some of our physical therapists help design a stretch program particularly for the condition.

What Are The Best Stretches You Can Do At Home To Help Alleviate Sciatic Pain

There are two basic stretches that will help open up the disc spaces in the lower back. The important thing is to actually determine which of the two conditions is causing our sciatic pain and to get that looked at.

If you’re looking for relief from your sciatic pain, and stretching isn’t enough, give Denver Integrated Spine Center a call today.

Chiropractic Biophysics: What is it and How Can it Help Recovery?

Chiropractic biophysics is a heavily researched technique to regain the structures of your spine. If you look at the spine from the side there are three curves in the spine. The lumbar, or the lower part of the spine curves convexly towards the front part of the body. The thoracic spine, which is the spine that has the ribs attached to it, curves convexly to the back. The neck, again, curves convexly towards the front.

Often in a motor vehicle collision people will lose the spinal curvatures, particularly in the cervical spine. Chiropractic biophysics is a techniques that 99% of the chiropractors out there do not do. This a heavily researched technique that affords to get the spinal curves back into alignment.

The technique was originally started back in the ’80s by a gentleman who had a PhD in mathematics. He had a master’s of science in mechanical engineering. He was a doctor of chiropractic. It’s been published in 134 different peer reviewed journal articles. Eight of them in the journal, Spine, which is the big daddy of any spine journal, so that is a heavily researched and very therapeutic, and very scientifically based technique.

What Is Chiropractic Biophysics And How Can It Help Recovery?

Often in a motor vehicle collision people will lose the spinal curvatures, particularly in the cervical spine. Chiropractic biophysics is a technique that 99% of the chiropractors out there do not do. This is a heavily researched technique that affords to get the spinal curves back into alignment.

If you’re interested in using biophysics to help your recovery, call Denver Integrated Spine Center today.

What Can I Do to Minimize Lower Back Pain During the Day?

Lower back pain in one of the things we see the most in our facility here at the Denver Integrated Spine Center. There’s a lot of symptoms and as well there’s a lot of causes for the generalized pain. Specific types of pain that people will be having would be numbness, shooting, just general diffuse pain throughout the low back. Throughout your normal daily activities you’d want to minimize numerous things, representative motion being a big one, forward flexion at the waist with a lot of rotation, and/or just things where you have to bend down, pick things up. We want to make sure that you really facilitate utilizing your legs as well as your whole body to really get down, reach down to the floor and then pick something up.

What Are The Best Preventative Measures I Can Take During The Day To Minimize Lower Back Pain?

There’s a lot of symptoms and as well there’s a lot of causes for the generalized pain. Specific types of paint that people will be having would be numbness, shooting, just general diffuse pain throughout the low back.

If you’re concerned about your low back pain and want relief, call Denver Integrated Spine Center today.