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What Is a Disc Herniation?

Our spine is made up of 33 vertebrae. Between each vertebra are cushions known as discs, that help protect and support the bones with every movement of the spine. While it’s normal for the discs to develop some wear and tear with age, everything from injuries to certain disorders and diseases can cause one or more discs to herniate. This means that the soft middle of the disc sticks out of the hard outer layer. If you are experiencing a herniated disc, a chiropractor can help you manage your symptoms.

What are the signs and symptoms of a herniated disc?

Symptoms vary depending on the location of the herniated disc. The most common symptoms of a herniated disc include:

  • Extremity pain: If you have a herniated disc in the lower back or lumbar region then you will be more likely to experience pain in the buttocks or thighs. Those with a herniated disc in the upper back or cervical region will often experience neck pain, as well as pain in the shoulders and arms. Most people report a sharp or burning pain with herniated discs.
  • Tingling or numbness: When herniated discs impact or irritate the nerves, this can also lead to numbness, tingling, or a “pins and needles” sensation that radiates to the extremities.
  • Weakness: Over time, as the nerves weaken due to damage, compression, or irritation, the muscles may also become weaker. You may notice that you are unable to grasp items or that you easily lose your balance or coordination.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to turn to a chiropractor for proper spinal imaging tests and treatment options.

How will a chiropractor treat my herniated disc?

If you are looking for a non-invasive, non-surgical, and drug-free approach to treat your herniated disc then you’ll want to consider turning to a chiropractor for care. A chiropractor will provide you with a customized treatment plan based on your age, lifestyle, the severity and location of the herniated disc, and the symptoms you are experiencing. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Manual therapy/spinal manipulation
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Lifestyle changes and home care
  • Flexion-distraction technique (a manipulative technique that is particularly effective for treating herniated discs)
  • Pelvic blocking
  • Manipulation under anesthesia (only recommended for patients dealing with severe herniated disc-related pain)

If you are experiencing symptoms of a herniated disc, or you are experiencing any musculoskeletal issues that impact your mobility or quality of life, it’s important that you turn to a chiropractic professional for non-invasive but effective strategies to help facilitate healing and get your symptoms under control.

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