A herniated disc can be incredibly painful and debilitating.
Luckily, chiropractic care can often help those suffering from this troublesome condition find relief from their discomfort and restore their ability to function effectively.
What Are Herniated Discs?
A series of individual bones called vertebrae stack up to form the spine. In between the vertebrae are rubbery cushions called discs. These discs consist of a tough exterior that encases a softer center.
When a tear in the disc’s exterior allows the soft center to protrude, the result is a herniated disc.
Also referred to as a slipped disc or a ruptured disc, this problem may not cause any symptoms at all.
However, if the herniation pushes on nearby nerves, it can result in pain, numbness, tingling or weakness.
Causes of Herniated Discs
Herniated discs are generally the result of age-related wear and tear; few people can point to a specific event as the cause of their problem.
However, there are certain factors that can increase a person’s risk of disc herniation.
Being overweight can put additional strain on discs. Poor posture can encourage misalignments that stress the spine’s components.
Working in a physically demanding occupation can cause extra wear. Genetics can also raise a person’s risk.
What a Chiropractor Can Do
After carefully evaluating the patient’s condition, a chiropractor will develop a customized treatment plan that will likely incorporate modalities like chiropractic adjustments, manual therapy and therapeutic exercises.
It is a noninvasive, drug-free approach that can be highly effective.
In fact, a study published in published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiologic Therapeutics found that 70 percent of patients with lumbar disc herniation experienced significant improvements in pain and disability within two weeks of starting chiropractic treatment for their condition.
By the three-month mark, the number of patients enjoying significant improvements climbed to 90 percent.
Make an appointment today with one of our chiropractors to explore treatment options, if you’ve been diagnosed with a herniated disc.
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