We should we begin by understanding what are discs and what do they do exactly?
Between your spinal bones (vertebrae) are flexible, gel-like pads called intervertebral discs (“discs”) that give your spine its curves and flexibility (a curved, flexible spine is stronger than a straight, rigid one). As you age, your discs may lose fluid and small cracks or lesions may form in the outer walls. This damage may also be caused or accelerated by the vertebral subluxation complex, a spinal distortion chiropractors correct. Your disc may bulge, irritate nerves and cause a lot of pain and discomfort.
In severe cases disc damage may affect sitting, standing, walking or lifting and cause pain when urinating, defecating, sneezing and coughing. Research is constantly revealing that spinal discs are involved in lower back pain and surgery is not always the answer to pain relief…
Another U.S. Ski Team Tragedy!!
Olympic hopeful Krista Schmidinger found herself in excruciating pain when she finished her record-breaking slalom race at Copper Mountain. At the end of the U.S. Nationals Grand Slalom race, when Krista tried to straighten up out of her tucked position, she collapsed in pain. Severe excruciating pain shot through her back and into her legs.
X-rays did not reveal a fracture, but an MRI showed badly bulging discs in her lower back. The U.S. Ski team orthopedic surgeons worked with her from December to April, but her condition only worsened. Not only were Krista’s Olympic medal hopes gone, but it looked as if her entire career was over.
Krista’s father called Terry Chiropractic Health Care, having heard that Dr. Terry had just started working with the U.S. Ski Team. They were willing to try everything and anything to help Krista recover. Dr. Terry suggested that Krista come out and stay with his family. This gave him the opportunity to therapeutically treat her around three times per day. In one week, Krista was skiing double-black diamond mogul runs in Vail – WITH NO PAIN!
Although, Krista lost an entire season of ski racing for the U.S. team, treating her pain, after her work with Dr. Terry, her hopes at medaling in the Olympics returned!
In 1992, Krista was named to the U.S. Ski Team and participated in the Olympics. The following April, Krista presented Dr. Doug Terry with her Olympic jersey, which he hangs proudly in his office today.
– Lisa W.