What’s the old barb – “Show some backbone”?!
Well friend, if you happen to be showing a little backbone, it may be advantageous in the spirit of self-preservation, to take a load off and call a top-rated Chiropractic office. We bipeds are pillars and our backs pedestals carrying the weight, as gravity forces us further and further into the dirt. Our broad backs rebel. Each and all of our 33 vertebrae revolt – even the nine fused at the bottom!
As each day breaks we rise to our feet, defiant of the restraining gravitational lid. We stretch, we wriggle, we align. We rely on our backs: both our most powerful feature, and our most fragile. Our backbones, our spinal columns are comprised of 24 individual vertebrae, each separated and cushioned by a common intervertebral disc. According to University of Maryland Medical, “the intervertebral discs are flat, round ‘cushions’ that act as shock absorbers between each vertebra in your spine”. These discs are integral to the spine’s proper functionality and integrity.
As durable as intervertebral discs are, they’re capable of causing major back issues in these forms: bulging, herniated, ruptured, and degenerated.
Bulging disc. Intervertebral discs may bulge due to age and the natural degeneration. This is not necessarily an alarm that we’re experiencing a spinal issue, and may not even cause any pain. The indicator for alarm in a bulging disc is when it begins to bulge into the spinal canal – narrowing the opening.
Herniated disc. This occurs as part of the disc weakens, and all or part of the disc is forced through the affected portion. This is also referred to as a “slipped” disc. The result can be painful, as pressure is taken off of the disc, and placed on the spinal cord, or nerves.
Ruptured disc. This term can be synonymous with “herniated disc”, as disc material tends to “rupture” into the spinal canal when a disc “herniates”.
Degenerated disc. Degeneration takes place over time, and is more so the natural “wear and tear” of the spinal column. Gravity tests the spine’s integrity each time we stand upright. These “shock absorbers” between our vertebrae battle gravity with each step we take, and over time begin to weather. A condition known as “degenerative disc disease” is a common factor.
For general spinal discomfort and disc issues, it’s best to consult a proper “physical medicine” or chiropractic practice. Our bodies are programmed to let us know where internal issues exist. The trick is to keep vigilant for indicators, and to respond promptly.