After your doctor gives you a diagnosis of a herniated disc after an injury, you may have questions, including what it is, how it will affect you and what treatment options are available. One such option is chiropractic care.
What Is A Herniated Disc?
Also known as a bulging disc, a herniated disc occurs when the soft cushion between your vertebrae become displaced. This cushion absorbs any impact to your spine that your body feels during movement, such as walking or jumping. When it bulges out, is can no longer fully perform this function.
The disc also helps keep the vertebrae in the spinal column in alignment. When injured, the disc pulls the backbone out of alignment, causing symptoms to the surrounding nerves and muscle tissue.
What Symptoms Are Caused By A Herniated Disc?
When you have a herniated disc, you often feel pain in the area of your neck or back where the injury happened. You may also have other symptoms, including:
- Muscle spasms When the disc protrudes from the spine, it irritates the surrounding muscle tissue. This leads to tension and cramping in your muscles.
- Numbness or tingling in your arms or legs Depending on where your herniation is located, the disc irritates or pinches nerves that lead to your arms or legs. This can cause numbness or a tingling sensation, as well as a feeling of weakness.
How Can A Chiropractic Treatment Help?
Along with medical treatment and physical therapy, a chiropractic treatment can help alleviate the symproms caused by your herniated disc. There are benefits to having a chiropractor perform a spinal manipulation.
- The techniques used gently pull the disc back into alignment, improving your posture and releasing tension to the muscles.
- It relieves any pressure on the surrounding nerves by lifting the disc away from them to reduce the irritation, helping decrease the numbness and tingling you feel.
Are you suffering from the pain of a herniated disc and interested in having chiropractic treatment? Contact Dr. Shane Silver today to make an appointment to see how he can help you find relief.