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Disc Problems

woman in gray shirt holding lower backWhile there’s no such thing as a slipped disc, bulging, protruding and herniated discs are very real. Each spinal disc has a jelly-like center contained by bands of fibrous tissue. Healthy discs allow you to bend and turn with ease.

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Improper lifting, slips, falls, and car accidents can cause the core to shift, and the following disc issues to arise:

Herniation - This occurs when the central portion of the disc ruptures.

Protrusion – A common cause of back pain, protrusion is when the disc bulges where it is the weakest, resulting in pressure to nearby nerves.

Prolapse – A prolapsed disc involves a spinal disc escaping from between the vertebrae of the spine.

Offering an Array of Natural Solutions

At Integrated Healthcare Centers we can effectively address disc issues with the following approaches:

Chiropractic care

Chiropractic adjustments can effectively restore proper motion and position of malfunctioning spinal bones. If addressed before permanent damage, disc tissue often returns to a more normal size and shape.

Non-surgical spinal decompression

Non-surgical spinal decompression is the most effective method of reducing disc herniations, bulges, and degenerative disc disease. Spinal decompression causes a negative pressure in the disc by gently distracting the discs apart, without any muscle guarding or tightening that normally prevents the discs from decompressing.

This negative pressure allows for the safe reduction of a disc bulge or herniation in most patients. The gentle cyclical motion of decompression addresses the disc hydration and allows fluid and nutrients to return into the disc, helping it heal.

Laser therapy

Class 4 lasers can stimulate soft tissue at deep levels, promoting cell regenerative qualities and increasing the rate of healing in the area. This circulation increase tends to reduce pain, improve collagen production to the disc, and stimulate a massive healing response to the area.


AllCore360º is used as the disc pain starts to reside, allowing the patient to sit comfortably in the system. With its gentle and controlled rotations, AllCore360º causes the disc to restabilize in the spine by activating the core protective muscles of the spine and rebalancing the disc within the spine. This balance and stability lead to strength of the core over a period of time, which allows for long-term results.

A Patient Success Story

A middle-aged female patient reported to our office with chronic disc issues that affected her activity levels and mood. She had pain symptoms in her legs and felt they had grown weaker. She had back pain and stiffness in her hips due to her inability to do activity due to pain. Her orthopedist had told her she would need surgery, and she had already done steroid injections and other physical therapy with little to no effect.

She started at our office and had a result after one session of spinal decompression with a laser described as “the best she had felt in years.” She was shocked and amazed at her result, and continued on the course of care. She now has reduced pain and is ready to start AllCore360º to engage her core muscles better, balance and stabilize her spinal discs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Aren’t disc problems simply because of the normal aging process?

No. However, many disc problems are due to years of neglect. Many people with spinal problems won’t experience symptoms until they’re in an advanced stage of degeneration. Many elderly people have maintained their spine throughout their lives, who still enjoy optimal spinal health and function.

Could chiropractic help me avoid surgery?

Possibly. It depends on the severity of your disc conditions. But it’s a good idea to start with chiropractic first, as it’s natural and non-invasive.

How long until patients typically notice relief?

Depending on how much pain and inflammation there is, patients can notice a change in their symptoms within 2-6 visits. We can see more permanent changes over three months.

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If you suspect a disc problem, contact us today to schedule an appointment.
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Disc Problems Chantilly VA | (703) 957-3373