Disc Injuries

Dr. Mark Armbruster D.C. of the Denver Vitality Center in Lakewood, CO has been practicing the art of mind/body healing since 1987. His training, background, and experience provide his patients with a very personal and effective treatment for the pain accompanied with disc injuries.

Disc Injuries Q&A

by Mark Armbruster, D.C.

What are Common Disc Injuries?

A disc injury is a specific type of back injury where the soft tissue discs between the vertebrae are damaged or move out of place. While there are several different kinds of disc injuries, they all involve an injury to one or more of the discs in the spine. The most common form of injury is a herniated disc. When a disc is herniated the inner section can protrude from the outer shell of the disc. This rupturing is known as the herniation of a disc. Another common injury is a disc protrusion, commonly referred to a slipped disc. When a disc slips, it moves out of place from between the vertebrae but does not rupture as with a herniated disc.

What Symptoms Does a Disc Injury Cause?

Most disc injuries are quite painful. In severe cases, the pain can be debilitating and significantly interfere with a patient’s daily activities. In addition to pain, patients who have a disc injury may also experience numbness, weakness, or tingling sensations in their back or extremities. Disc injuries in the lower back often cause sciatica. Sciatica is a condition that develops when the long nerve that runs from the lower back down each leg called the sciatic nerve becomes irritated or compressed and causes shooting pain, numbness, and weakness in one or both legs.


All of these symptoms are caused by a disc pinching one of the nerves that runs along the spine. Exactly where these symptoms are felt depends on what nerve is pinched and where along the spinal column it’s pinched.

How does Dr. Mark Help Patients with Disc Injuries?

Dr. Mark utilizes Network Spinal Analysis (NSA for short) which uses a gentle touch to the skin along specific areas where the protective covering of the spinal cord connects to the spine. Network Spinal Analysis is a gentle and body-honoring method of adjusting the spine. The treatment involves 2 steps. First, Dr. Mark releases the soft tissue structures that pull, twist, and bind the spine. Releasing these soft tissues, including the muscles and the tissue sheath, called the meninges, that wraps all muscles, provides the patient with a relief from the tension and pain held within the muscles. The additional benefit of releasing the soft tissue before making any adjustments is that the body is warm and receptive to movement. This means that the second step, where Dr. Mark makes gentle adjustments to the spine, carefully correcting any misalignments can be extraordinarily gentle, without any twisting or cracking or popping noises.

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