Healthcare professionals do not always agree on which term to use to describe the disc involvement that may cause significant back pain or radiating leg or arm symptoms. You may have heard the terms herniated disc, pinched nerve, sciatica, bulging disc, slipped disc, or ruptured disc to describe your symptoms.
The most common disc injury is the lumbar region of the spine because this is the area that carries most of the load bearing compression. Your body also leaves this area exposed to disc protrusion because the posterior ligamentous tissues taper off as it gets into the lumbar spine. With a protrusion, prognosis is the best because the inner disc material has not exited outside of the fibrous outer rings. The extrusion prognosis is slightly different due to the disc material making it out farther than the protrusion leaving an inflamatory response at the nerve root causing you distal leg symptoms. The doctors at Stine Chiropractic Clinic are equipped with the experience and tools to get you the symptom relief you desire typically within 2 weeks depending on the type of discal problem (protrusion-bulge or extrusion-rupture). Its important to get in as soon as symptoms start to get the best prognosis and response period.