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Wellness First Medical & Chiropractic Center in Dickinson, TX - Holistic, Chiropractic, Family

Disc Problems

Proudly Serving Galveston County, TX

Discs, short for Intervertebral discs, are the spongy cushions that separate the block-like bones (vertebrae) of the spine. In other words, they are positioned between the vertebrae in the spine. The outer elastic shell of a disc is made from cartilage, and in the center contains jelly-like contents. These discs can handle a good amount of pressure without damage. Discs serve the following purposes – allowing movement of the spine; creating space between the vertebrae: and acting as shock absorbers. The gelatinous middle allows the disc to compress and expand based on impact and movement.

Disc Problems

Disc Problems

Trauma (physical stress or impact) to the spine can cause the discs to become herniated, bulge, displaced (slipped disc), or possibly rupture. However, trauma or injury is not the only cause. Age impacts the discs too. The above conditions can put pressure on the nerves around the spine and cause pain.

Symptoms of disc problems

The symptoms of a damaged disc can vary according to its location and severity. Many people who show evidence on scanning of damaged discs have no symptoms. However, general signs may include:

  • Back pain
  • Pain radiating down the legs
  • Worsening pain associated with bending over or sitting down for a long time
  • Worsening pain associated with activities like coughing or sneezing
  • Numbness or pins-and-needles in an arm or leg.

Types of disc problems

Common disc-related problems include

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated or bulged
  • Ruptured (or ‘slipped’) disc
  • Sciatica (nerve pain)

If you believe you could benefit from high-quality care, consider getting treatment from the staff at Wellness First Medical & Chiropractic Center. Our dedicated staff will be pleased to answer your questions today. We can also help you schedule a time to visit our Dickinson, TX office.

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Meet our Chiropractor

Dr. Donna Sanders, DC
Clinic Director

For over 32 years, Dr. Donna Sanders, DC has been dedicated to serving people in the surrounding communities of Galveston County with the most up to date, holistic, chiropractic care.

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Meet our Chiropractor

Dr. Ross Baird, DC

Dr. Ross Baird, DC is a 2017 graduate of Texas Chiropractic College. He is also an alumni of Texas A&M, having majored in Biology. Through his own life experiences and health challenges, Dr. Baird is passionate about helping his patients not only with acute injuries, but also at deeper levels of health and wellness.

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