A herniated disc injury can be scary, especially if you are experiencing the numbness, tingling, and pain often associated with this injury. This particular type of back injury can quickly impact the day to day activities you know and love. Below, let's learn more about this common injury, and understand how chiropractic care is an excellent, non-invasive way to heal a herniated disc.
What is a Herniated Disc?
The spine is made up of several individual bones called vertebrae. In between each vertebra is a small, disc-like structure called a disc. This disc works as a cushioning device, absorbing your impact as you bend and move. A disc is shaped like a donut, with a tough exterior wall, and filled with a gel-like substance. Sometimes though, the walls of the disc can become damaged and crack, causing some cushioning gel to escape. When this happens, the disc is said to be herniated. Typically, herniated discs are a degenerative injury. As the body ages, the walls of the disc can become brittle and more prone to cracks and tears.
Symptoms of a Herniated Disc
Symptoms of a herniated a disc will vary depending on where in the spine the disc is injured. Herniated discs in the upper back or neck, typically impact the upper body causing pain in the hands, arms, shoulders, or neck. Discs in the lower back typically impact the buttocks, legs, and feet. Pain can range from a dull, nagging ache, to a severe and stabbing pain depending on the location and severity of the herniated disc. Numbness and tingling are also commonly associated with this injury. People with a herniated disc will often report feeling clumsy and commonly find themselves dropping items or tripping more frequently than usual.
Our Chiropractor Can Help!
A chiropractor offers a safe and effective, non-invasive treatment option to heal a herniated disc. Chiropractic care focuses on the intricate relationship between the muscular and skeletal systems. By restoring balance to the body through these systems, bones, joints, and soft tissues are free to move and heal naturally. A chiropractor may make tiny adjustments to release any undue pressure and stress to the herniated disc that may be preventing it from healing naturally. He or she may couple this treatment technique with massage therapy, physical therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises, or electro stimulation, to help treat and heal your disc injury.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
At ANEW Chiropractic we treat each patient like an individual. That means the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment plan is customized for each and every patient. Our caring and professional team is dedicated to providing the best patient experience while helping you heal. Our office is easy to find, located at 115 Republic Ave, Joliet, IL 60435. To learn more about how we can help treat your herniated disc, or to schedule an appointment with our chiropractor, call us today at 815-207-7463. We want to get you on the road to recovery, so you can return to the life you love.