Discs are cushions that form between the vertebrae in the spine. These discs act as shock absorbers to keep pressure off of spinal bones. Here you'll find the best chiropractic care in Le Claire available.

A herniated disc is a fragment of the disc nucleus that is pushed out of the annulus, into the spinal canal through a tear or rupture in the annulus. Discs that become herniated usually are in an early stage of degeneration.

The term "herniated" comes from an old Latin word meaning to break open or burst. There are many different causes for a herniated disc, with most cases stemming from wear and tear on the spine over time.

Another way a disc may become herniated is through trauma such as an accident or due to sudden movements like sneezing or coughing hard enough to put pressure on your back (discs have no pain receptors). This type of injury usually will not lead to long-term issues but it could create significant temporary pain and discomfort while healing occurs.

A common cause is the elderly with osteoarthritis in their spine start to do heavy lifting, bending and twisting movements that are beyond what they should be doing. Disc injury risk also increases as we age because of changes in discs--they lose water content which makes

A herniated disc can be caused by wear and tear over the course of many years or it may happen more suddenly due to a single injury. It is also possible for a person with no previous history of back problems to develop pain from degeneration that has progressed undetected for some time in an area near the spine.

A herniated disc can cause back pain and other symptoms that may last for days or weeks, get better without treatment, or become more severe. Rarely does a herniated disc in the lumbar spine (lower back) lead to long-term problems with walking, bowel function or bladder control. But before it leads to that, best to have


The little pads that lie between your vertebrae are called the intervertebral discs. Each of these discs has a tough outer ring and a soft gel-like center. Your disc's job is to both join and to separate your vertebrae from one another. These discs act as cushions, or shock absorbers, so that the bones don’t make contact with each other as you move around, carry large objects, and bend over. Without the discs you would literally be unable to move your upper torso. Here are a few of the different kinds of disc injuries that make movements of the upper torso painful and difficult:

  • A protruding disc occurs when the disc becomes asymmetrical and the gel is pushed out or bulging.
  • A herniated disc is when the disc material has ruptured to the point that the gel pushes outward.
  • A disc extrusion is the worst type of disc injury. This is when the gel balloons extensively into the area outside the vertebrae or breaks off from the disc.


All of the above issues tend to result in considerable back pain, numbness, and limitation in range of motion due to the irritation of the nerve roots at the point where the injury occurs and the impact this has on the surrounding tissues. A number of distressing symptoms can arise from this nerve irritation and damage, including but not limited to:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Weak legs or feet
  • Leg and foot pain, numbness and tingling (also known as sciatica)
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control


Chiropractic care in Le Claire for disc injuries has a proven track record of providing both short-term pain relief and long-term recovery. A chiropractic treatment involves a thorough assessment of your medical history and x-rays, as well as a physical examination in order to determine the extent of the disc injury and the appropriate treatment.

The approach that is taken will be individually tailored to your specific issue and will always include gentle adjustments to the spine to relieve pressure on the nerves and deal with the pain and discomfort. If you have a disc injury, call our team at Knight Chiropractic & Functional Health today to receive a consultation and start on the path to recovery.

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