Herniated discs are common conditions that affect the spine. A herniated disc is a rupture in the tough outer covering (called the annulus) of one of your spinal discs. The gel-like center of this ruptured disc can push out, causing pressure on nearby nerves. Herniated disc causes:
Herniated discs, or "slipped" disks, are among the most common spinal conditions seen in chiropractic offices. Unfortunately, they're also one of the most misunderstood and commonly misdiagnosed conditions.
A bulging or herniated disc can be a source of severe pain if it presses on a nerve root that passes through that area. But this is not the only problem caused by these types of sprain or strain injuries to the spine. Pain from a ruptured disc can often result from damage occurring elsewhere, such as compression of a nerve root created by degenerative joint disease (arthritis) in your neck.
Herniated discs are also a common cause of referred pain, meaning that the source of your pain may not be located in the area where you feel it. The fracture or slip in the disc is like a splinter under your skin. Even though the actual speck may be buried deep inside, your experience of pain will localize to where it hurts, typically somewhere along the course of one or more nerve roots emanating from that area.
If you have a herniated disc, your spinal cord is adjusting to this injury by putting pressure on the surrounding nerve roots. When nerves are compressed, they can't transmit messages efficiently to the brain, which leads to confusion: pain signals become mixed up and misinterpreted, resulting in random symptoms appearing.
Chiropractic adjustments are performed on a schedule for long-term wellness and optimum well-being. If you suffer from a herniated disc, it's important not to put off treatment.
Regardless of whether you have herniated a disc or not, chiropractic care can help. With early intervention and proactive management, Yentz Family Chiropractic can resolve problems before they cause damage to other structures, even helping to prevent future injury and degeneration. Only by locating and treating all underlying causes for your symptoms and improving your overall health and function can you get back to the activities that matter most.
Chiropractic care for herniated discs is based on the chiropractic philosophy that all living things are "substances of energy." Chiropractic care at Yentz Family Chiropractic includes your body, cells, and organs. The goal of chiropractic care for herniated discs is to restore alignment to the spine through adjustments to minimize nerve interference.
Germantown Chiropractic believes that herniated discs can often be corrected or improved by adjusting the misalignment in your spinal cord, thus helping improve mobility and decrease back pain as well as other symptoms associated with a herniated disc.