A normal spinal disc has a tough cartilage exterior wall that encases a much softer internal material. A disc herniation, also known as slipped or ruptured disc, occurs when the thick cartilage of a spinal disc ruptures and allows the soft interior to slip out towards the spinal canal. Depending on the location of the herniated disc, it can cause pressure on nearby nerves, pain, numbness, and other trauma. Herniated discs are commonly found in the lower back, specifically within the lumbar region of the spine, but they can also occur in the neck, or cervical, region of the spine.
Did You Know?
Most herniated discs do not require surgery, and non-surgical treatments are generally recommended instead. These can include rest, chiropractic care, hot and cold packs, and anti-inflammatory medications.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I have a herniated disc?
You may have a herniated disc if you are experiencing pain, numbness, or muscle weakness. When there is a herniated disc in the lumbar region of the spine, you may experience intense pain in your buttocks, thigh, calf, and even your foot. When there is a herniated disc in the cervical region of your spine, you may notice intense pain in your shoulder and arm.
Should I see a chiropractor for a herniated disc?
Chiropractic care can help relieve the pain and numbness associated with a herniated disc. Chiropractic treatments for herniated discs generally work to move the affected disc away from the nerve in order to relieve pain, pressure, and numbness. Additionally, chiropractic treatment reduces overall inflammation in the body.
What should I expect during my chiropractic appointment a Buffalo Grove Chiropractic & Wellness?
During your appointment, Dr. Garcia will ask you about your symptoms and perform a physical exam. He may also test your reflexes, muscle strength, or sensations to determine your herniated disc is affecting a nerve. In some cases, diagnostic imaging such as x-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI may be required. Depending on your individual diagnosis, Dr. Garcia may perform a range of chiropractic treatments including spinal manipulation, therapeutic massage, gently manipulating soft tissues, slowly stretching your joints, increasing your range of motion, or adjunctive therapies such as ultrasound or electrotherapy.