Treat Herniated Discs With Chiropractic
A herniated disc is one of the most common spine disorders. This occurs when the discs that rest between each vertebra and provides cushion between bones, slip or move out of place.
What causes a herniated disc?
A herniated disc can also be referred to as a ruptured or slipped disc. It usually occurs in the neck or lower back but can occur in any other part of the spine. It can also be caused by a small tear on a disc that is leaking the substance inside.
Usually, a herniated disc is caused by aging, degeneration, overuse and wear and tear on the body. But it can also be caused by an injury or trauma such as a car accident or incorrectly lifting something heavy.
What are the symptoms?
There are four stages to a herniated disc. The first two stages are disc protrusion and prolapsed disc, which are considered incomplete herniations. The last two stages are disc extrusion and sequestered disc, which are considered complete herniations. The symptoms of a herniated disc may worsen as time progresses and some don’t feel any symptoms at all.
The following are the symptoms associated with a herniated disc.
- Pain in back, leg or arm
- Loss of mobility, flexibility or reflex
- Decreased range of motion
Why treat a herniated disc with chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care is effective in providing pain relief and improving mobility in patients with a herniated disc. A chiropractor will examine the spine and depending on how severe and where the location of the herniation is, will develop a personalized treatment plan. Treating herniated discs with chiropractic care is a better alternative to medications that are usually prescribed. Medications such as muscle relaxers and NSAIDs can cause side effects, which chiropractic does not cause since it is a hands-on approach that doesn’t require any drugs.