Common Types of Spinal Disc Problems

by | Jul 8, 2021

Spinal disc problems are common among people in their early 30s. The risk of developing a spinal disc problem increases with age, but it’s not unheard of to suffer from them at a younger age.

Spinal discs are located between each vertebra and act like cushions that absorb shock, enabling your back to bend without pain. An intervertebral disc is composed of an outer fibrous envelope made of collagen and elastin fibers and a gelatinous core called the nucleus pulposus. This gelatinous material acts as the cushion for the vertebrae above and below, which can be subjected to significant forces during normal daily activities. When a person has spinal disc problems, these cushions become worn out or ruptured, resulting in pain and other symptoms that may be debilitating if left untreated.

Common symptoms include back pain, tingling, numbness, and loss of feeling in the arms and legs. Those who have suffered from previous spinal disc problems are more likely to develop another one or two down the line.

Types of Spinal Disc Problems

There are different types of spinal disc problems. The most common ones are degenerative disc disease, bulging discs, and herniated discs.

Degenerative disc disease occurs when the cartilage in between the spinal discs becomes worn out, which makes it harder for the back to heal. This condition is known as osteoarthritis and is more likely to occur with age. A person with degenerative disc disease may experience lower back pain, leg pain, or numbness in their legs or feet from time to time.

Bulging discs often occur as we age. They may cause pain due to increased pressure on the spinal cord and nerves but are not as serious as herniated discs because the nucleus pulposus is intact. Bulging discs are highly treatable with physical therapy and chiropractic care.

Herniated discs also known as ruptured discs are less common than degenerative discs or building discs but are often more serious. A herniated disk occurs when a tear in the outer layer of a spinal disk allows the soft gooey center of the disk to push into an adjacent space. 

    How does a chiropractor treat spinal disc problems?

    There are many different types of treatments that a chiropractor can offer for spinal disc problems. The chiropractor will need to work with the patient in order to determine which treatment is best for them.

    The most common type of treatment for spinal disc problems is the non-surgical approach. This involves using gentle manual therapy to help reduce pain and pressure on the discs, as well as limit inflammation in order to get the body’s natural healing ability working more effectively. It will also usually include hot or cold therapy and a gentle exercise plan to assist in physical rehabilitation.


    If you are experiencing pain or numbness in your back, neck, arms, or legs you should talk to your chiropractor and decide what type of treatment would be best for your specific needs. Booking an appointment with Dr. Will at Dutchess Braincore Therapy and Wellness Center is easy, just click on Book Appointment or give us a call at (845) 592-2237. We can help you heal and relieve your pain.

    Dr. William McKenna

    Dr. William McKenna


    Dr.William McKenna has been a Chiropractor for over 20 years in Westchester and Dutchess County, helping his patients to achieve greater health and live more active lifestyles. He is the founder of McKenna Family Chiropractic located in Pelham, NY, and Dutchess Braincore Therapy and Wellness Center located in Hopewell Junction, NY. He graduated from Life University in 1999 and has been advocating for better health, naturally, since. Dr. Will believes a smile is the first step in healing and building valued relationships with his patients. Book Appointment

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