MRI of the side view of the lower back and tailbone. Notice the larger protrusion backwards towards the spinal cord. The two discs above the injury have a normal appearance.The injury to a disc almost always involves micro-tearing to the fibers that make up the disc.
If the fibers tear enough, there will be displacement of the internal disc materials causing a bulge.
This bulge can put pressure on, and compress the spinal cord or the spinal nerve roots. Both can cause disabling pain and swelling.
If those same fibers tear more severely the disc can rupture which is far more serious and complicated. Our goal with research proven disc treatment and comprehensive education is to resolve the injury and teach a person to avoid a re-occurance throughout life.
The Disc Doctor
Dr. Kent Sifford has 30+ years experience with the most severe disc injuries. He even has personal experience with leaking discs.
We have specialized equipment to repair and resolve a disc injury as well as specific tests to prove what kind of injury it is. X-ray and MRI are not needed unless you do not respond to care. And no, it does not need surgery most of the time.
Stop in to Vitality to learn some home care techniques!
Initial goals are to reduce swelling and pain and learn how to avoid further fiber tearing.
Many people have no understanding of the cause of fiber tearing, so they keep their problem from healing and many worsen the situation until they are completely disabled.