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The intervertebral discs are the shock absorbers of the spine. On the outside they are layer upon layer of very tough fibrous material, while the inside remains more gel-like. Technically discs cannot slip, because of the way they are attached to the vertebra above and below. However, they can bulge, herniate, collapse and even rupture.

The physical changes in the disc will cause abnormal function in the joint and can result in local pain. The bulging disc can compress on the spinal cord and nerves and produce pain in an area distant from the site of the problem. Sciatic pain in the leg is a good example. You may find that the pain will eventually subside. However, if spinal dysfunction remains uncorrected, you may develop changes in the spine causing problems or vulnerabilities later on in life.

Your chiropractor will determine whether chiropractic treatment is appropriate for your case. Most patients find remarkable improvement in their symptoms and are soon able to return to normal daily activities without painkillers and without surgery.