Slipped Disc Injury and Chiropractic

By Doctor Paul Calladine (Chiro)

Lyons Road Family Chiropractic - Drummoyne

Slipped Disc, Bulging Disc, Herniated Disc: What's the Difference?

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Do you suffer from disc or lower back pain or have you injured your lower back recently? Here at Lyons Road Family Chiropractic we know all too well just how painful a disc injury can be. If you're looking for advice on a disc injury near Drummoyne or Five Dock, call us today. Our team may recommend appropriate treatment if required. In this article we'll discuss some common causes of disc injury and commonly used treatment methods to address disc pain.


First though, what's the difference between a slipped disc, a bulging disc and a herniated disc? Let me explain.

What is a Slipped Disc?

The term slipped disc commonly refers to both a herniated and a bulging disc and is used interchangeably, despite there being a difference between the two terms. The disc doesn't actually 'slip', rather the outer wall of the gel-like disc bulges into the intervertebral space. Symptoms often associated with a slipped disc may include pressure on the nerves, nerve pain, leg and foot pain and may restrict normal movement.


Other commonly used terms include ruptured disc, torn disc, collapsed disc, disc protrusion, disc disease and black disc. 

What is a Bulging Disc?

A bulging disc refers to the protrusion of part of the spinal disc into the spinal canal. The outer disc simply bulges out and may impinge the sciatic nerve.


The majority of disc injuries occur in the lower back.

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What is a Herniated Disc?

A herniated disc occurs when the outer portion of a spinal disc breaks down and the inner portion leaks out.The inner portion of the disc that extrudes can then irritate or compress nearby nerves, causing radiating pain.

Common Causes of Disc Injury

The following factors may contribute to disc injury:

  • spinal degeneration with age
  • improper lifting technique
  • high impact sports
  • severe trauma, such as a car accident
  • poor posture
  • incorrect or strenuous activity, such as gym training

Treatment Options for Disc Injury - near Drummoyne and Five Dock

Following diagnosis of a disc injury, initial treatment options may include rest, warm/cold compresses, exercises and medication.


In some cases patients may be advised to start a course of conservative, physical therapy prior to considering surgical options (Revord). Conservative treatment options may include: exercise and stretching, ice therapy, chiropractic adjustments and/or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.


If conservative treatment fails, surgery may be recommended.

Take Action Today

If you want to address a disc injury or learn more about spinal health, please contact Lyons Road Family Chiro in Drummoyne today on (02) 9819 6182. 

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Dr Paul Calladine

About Dr Paul Calladine B.Sc.(Biol.), B.Sc.(Anat.), M.Chiro. (Gonstead Diplomate) and Lyons Road Family Chiropractic.

Lyons Road Family Chiro and Dr Paul (Chiro) have been serving the health care needs of Sydney's Inner West and Drummoyne communities for over 26 years. Paul is originally from Canada and has obtained high levels of tertiary qualifications from both Canada and Australia. Paul is a wealth of information on all things natural, on fitness, long term health, nutrition and of course, chiropractic.

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  • John P Revord ‘treatment options for herniated discs’ Spine Health. Accessed June 2016.

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