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What are the Discs?

The discs in your back are the rubbery cushions sitting between the vertebrae (bones). These discs act as shock absorbers between your vertebrae. When a disc is damaged due to a tear, a rupture, or a crack, it can compress the spinal nerves. We call this disc herniation.

Herniated discs don’t always cause pain, but if the bulging disc ends up compressing a nerve, pain can range from mild to severe. Herniated discs can happen anywhere throughout the spine, but most often, they occur in either the lower back or neck region.

Chiropractic Care for Disc Problems

Chiropractic Care is one of the preferred treatment methods for disc injuries such as Slipped Disc, Bulging Disc, Herniated Disc, Degenerative Disc Disease, Protrusions, and Prolapsed Discs. Patients in Mehlville have tried Dr. Longo’s chiropractic decompression for herniated discs and always responded improvements.

Disc pain occurs when pressure is applied to the backbone or nerve roots. Pain may occur in the arms, upper legs, calves, buttocks, and even the feet. As the body ages, it becomes vulnerable to disc damage and degeneration. The backbone is able to bend and twist due to the discs between each spinal vertebrae acting as a spongy shock absorber.

In children, the discs are filled with fluid sacs, which will become more solid as the child grows. At the start of adulthood, the blood supply to the discs stops, and the soft fluid begins to solidify. As a mature adult in middle age, the discs are hard and stay in position by structures linking the muscles and spinal bone fragments, and therefore have more risk for damage and degeneration.

Symptoms of Disc Problems

Disc pain happens when pressure is put on the nerve roots or backbone. Based on the location of the disc, symptoms will occur in the area of your body impacted by the nerves. The most common signs and symptoms of disc problems are:

Arm or Leg Pain 

You may feel extreme discomfort in your buttock, upper leg, and calf. It may also include an aspect of the foot. If the disc is in your neck, the sensation will generally be most extreme in the neck and shoulder. This discomfort may shoot through your arm or legs when you cough, sneeze, or move your spine into certain positions.

Numbness or Prickling 

You may encounter numbness or tingling.

Muscle Weakness 

Muscles with the impacted nerve tend to weaken and may cause you to stumble, or impair your ability to lift or hold items.


Schedule an Appointment Today with Dr. Longo.

There’s no reason why you must lead a miserable life due to the debilitating effects of disc pain. Just contact our professional chiropractic, Dr. Longo, at Empower Health Chiropractic and Spinal Decompression Center in Mehlville, and he will help you to overcome the longing effects of your disc problems.

Dr. Longo’s state-of-the-art chiropractic center, Empower Health, treats disc pain, preventing severe complex problems in the future. We have a wide range of chiropractic therapies and treatments to help you get healed and regain your best health without pain and discomfort. With the tension and stress properly addressed and treated, you can enjoy your life more freely and happily.