Learn What Slipped Disk Really Means

Many Singaporeans are diagnosed with a ‘slipped disc’ (or more accurately a disc herniation) when they see a specialist for back pain or neck pain. You may think you know what a slipped disc is but the term itself is somewhat misleading. The intervertebral disc is found between each of the 24 bones of your spine. The disc is made up of bands of fibrous tissue on the outside and a jelly-like substance on the inside. A disc herniation occurs when the outer fibrous portions of your intervertebral disc are torn and the jelly-like centre of the disc starts to protrude through. The term “slipped disc” is misleading as no actual slippage occurs. A disc can thin, bulge, protrude or sequestrate, but it never slips!


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The term “slipped disc” is misleading as no actual slippage occurs. A disc can thin, bulge, protrude or sequestrate, but it never slips!

What You Need to Know

Believe it or not, slipped disc or disc herniation alone is likely to give you back pain. Recent research has consistently demonstrated that the correlation between MRI findings and back pain is poor. As many as half of people age between the age of 40 to 50 WITHOUT pain would have a disc herniation! In fact, the latest international medical guidelines have recommended doctors to hold back on MRI referrals!

Traditionally, the management of disc pathology involves addictive pain medication and high-risk surgeries. The shift in our current understanding means that disc degeneration, bulge, or protrusions are a normal process of aging and it is not a disease that needs to be fixed!

While there no causal relationship between disc herniation and pain, keeping your disc health can still be beneficial. The best research journals in the world have recently discovered that movement and hydration are two crucial factors to keep your discs healthy. Well-hydrated discs adapt better to movement and are less prone to injuries. Many chiropractic techniques are developed to “pump” your spinal discs. The motion of a Chiropractic Adjustment helps to bring nutrients into the disc while flushing out the inflammation and biochemical waste. In short, seeing a Chiropractor can help with keeping your spinal discs in shape!

Regular exercises and stretching will not only keep you fit! It can also slow down the degenerative progression of your spine to keep you healthy and active for the many years to come!

Chiropractic care is a conservative and effective approach to managing back pain. A series of adjustments can often restore your range of motion and spinal biomechanics. As structure and function improve, back pain resolves naturally. While some patients may require ongoing supportive care, our all-natural approach avoids the risks, costs and unpredictable outcomes associated with surgery.

The next time you hear someone suffering from a “slipped disc”, remember – chiropractic first, medication second and surgery last!

Do you know Square One is the only chiropractic clinic in Singapore to offer Chiropractic Adjustments, Dry Needling, and Myofascial Cupping? Our revolutionary functional program combines manual therapy with rehabilitation so you can get all the treatments you need under one roof. Don’t let your body suffer in silence! Avoiding treatment can cause unnecessary aches and pain for many years to come. At Square One, we make it our priority to help you live a full, functional, and happy life. To experience the best chiropractic care in Singapore, book a consultation appointment with us today.