Disc Injury


Do you have a slipped disc or other disc injury? If you suspect that your periodic back pain is the result of a disc injury, or you have been diagnosed with a disc injury, you should be able to find help by seeking chiropractic care at Expect. Chiropractic in Ottumwa, IA.

A spinal disk is a little like a jelly donut, with a softer center encased within a tougher exterior. Sometimes called a slipped disk or a ruptured disk, a herniated disk occurs when some of the softer "jelly" pushes out through a tear in the tougher exterior. Healthy discs are very important. For example, your upper torso would be completely immobile without discs. Some common risk factors for disc injury are:

  • Excess weight can cause extra stress on the discs in your lower back. Talk to the Expect. Weight Loss Clinic today to see how losing weight can alleviate some pressure on your back

  • Repetitive lifting, pulling, pushing, bending sideways and twisting also may increase your risk of a herniated disk. Acupuncture and Kinesiology tape can help bring additional blood flow to the affected area and speed the natural healing process.

  • Inflammation can cause discs to become painful, resulting in pain traveling down the arms and legs. PEMF Therapy is a non-invasive, drug-free approach to reducing swelling on the cellular level.


A disc injury inflames the tissue around it causing nerve irritation which can lead to nagging back pain, numbness and prevention of full mobility. Some of the symptoms that can result from nerve damage and irritation are:

  • Back pain

  • Neck pain

  • Weakness in the legs or feet

  • Foot and leg pain, possible numbness or tingling (associated with sciatica)

  • Lack of control of bladder or bowel

Chiropractic treatment has proven to work for disc related injuries. Not only for providing immediate or short term pain relief, but also for assisting in a future recovery. A chiropractic treatment begins with an evaluation of your medical history, x-rays, and physical health to pinpoint the best treatment method for you.

Careful adjustments to release pressure and irritation on your nerves to deal with pain and discomfort are part of a precise approach to your particular injury. Don’t hesitate to call our team at Expect. Chiropractic in Ottumwa today to schedule an appointment and begin your disc injury recovery.