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How Can A Chiropractor Help With Slipped Discs?

Surgery saving information to help you move beyond disc injuries and prevent spinal surgery


Being diagnosed with a herniated, bulging, or 'slipped' disc can be a problem and can be scary. When left untreated, some can lead to irritation in the nerves and inflammation in the region of injury, which can cause serious health problems since the spine plays a major role in our nervous system. To be more accurate, the spine plays a majory role in protecting the spinal cord, which is A LOT of responsibility and make the spine extremely important.

What is a slipped disc?

A 'slipped' disc, also known as a herniated disc, is a common spinal injury that can cause pain, numbness, and weakness in the affected area. Sometimes, the resulting pain is debilitating. It occurs when the outer layer of the spinal disc ruptures, allowing the inner, gelatinous material to push outward, beyond its normal constraints, putting pressure on nearby nerves. This can lead to various symptoms, including back pain, neck pain, and radiating pain down the arms or legs. 

What are the causes of slipped discs?

While a slipped disc can happen anywhere along your spinal column, the lower back is the most common due to the lower back carrying more weight than the rest of the spine and because the low back is responsible for so much of the motions our body goes through from day to day. Some causes of slipped discs include physical strain and manual labor, smoking, sendentary lifestyle, and improper lifting techniques.

Slipped discs can leak fluid which results in inflammation and several vertebral problems such as;·     

  • Sciatic pain     
  • Lower back pain     
  • Neck pain     
  • Pain radiating down the arms and/or legs
  • Weakness in the arms and/or legs
  • Differences in feel and sensory in arms and/or legs    
  • Lack of bowel and bladder control  


How can a chiropractor help with slipped discs?

Although surgery is traditionally the course of care that comes immediately to mind when we hear about disc injuries, in reality, only about 5% of disc injuries truly require surgery. Surgery on slipped discs is an expensive and incredibly invasive procedure that will is only effective around 50% of the time and can lead to a long recovery time if it is successful.

Getting over-the-counter pills is not a long-term solution dues to kidney and/or liver damage from the over-the-counter options. Pain killers are off of the table these days because of the harmful side effects and the potential for addiction.

That's where an evidence based, patient-centered chiropractor can step in and change the game for these patients.

Chiropractic care is a natural, non-invasive, inexpensive individualized program that focuses on long-term health, movement, and function. Recent studies have shown that chiropractic care is an effective and conservative way to treat slipped discs.

One of the primary ways that chiropractors can help with slipped discs is through directional preference evaluation and targetted directional exercises to start moving the pressure away from the area of injury. The next significantly effective means of treatment for a disc injury is non-surgical spinal decompression combined with cold laser. This powerful combination takes the pressure off of the disc, can rehydrate the disc, decrease the inflammation in the nerve root of the area, and speed up the healing of the disc injury. It's incredible. 

Next, movement is healing so we use gentle spinal adjustments. These adjustments involve applying precise, controlled movement into specific areas of the spine to ensure healthy and functional movement. Movement is healing. From exercising the entire body, to moving smaller joint of the body, ensuring good movement ensures healing.


These conservative treatments can help improve flexibility and strength in the affected area, target the root cause of the disc pain, reduce the likelihood of future disc issues, and improve overall spinal health.  

It's important to note that chiropractic care is not a one-size-fits-all solution for slipped discs because everyone is different. That's why working with a chiropractor who can tailor a treatment plan to your specific needs and goals is important. And I want to be clear, if you are attending chiropractic appointments and only getting 'popped' and sent back out the door, you are probably missing LARGE pieces to the treatment puzzle. Complicated cases require thought, care, testing, attention, experience, and usualy a broad treatment protocol to resolve.

If we can help you with your disc issue or help your loved one with theirs, call 806-355-3000 and let's get that appointment set up as soon as possible.  


Dr. Jeff Williams, DC, FIANM, DABFP, FMS is double Board Certified as a Fellow in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Orthopedics as well as a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Professionals, Certified in Functional Movement Systems, expert witness in personal injury cases, and chiropractor in Amarillo, TX. As an Amarillo chiropractor, Dr. Williams treats chronic pain, disc pain, low back pain, neck pain, whiplash injuries, and more. Dr. Williams is also the host of The Chiropractic Forward Podcast ( Through the podcast, Dr. Williams teaches fellow chiropractors and advocates weekly for evidence-based, patient-centered practice through current and relevant research. If you have any questions for Dr. Williams, feel free to email at [email protected] Learn more about Dr. Williams and his practice at

Dr. Williams was voted Best Chiropractor In Amarillo in the Best of Amarillo 2020 & 2021. Dr. Williams's full-time Amarillo chiropractic practice is Creek Stone Integrated Medical at 3501 SW 45th St., Ste. T, Amarillo, TX 79109. If you are searching for a chiropractor near me, Dr. Williams is your Amarillo Chiropractor.  


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Jeff S Williams, DC, FIANM, DABFP

Jeff S Williams, DC, FIANM, DABFP


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