06 Sep Stop the Spinal Aches of Disc Herniation Through Chiropractic Care
The spine consists of a series of bones called vertebrae. When you move, such as when walking, the bones in your spine are protected from one another because of the spongy capsules in between the vertebrae known as spinal discs. These small discs act as shock absorbers and provide support for the spine.
Spinal discs are one inch in diameter and about one-fourth inch thick. The exterior of the capsule is a hard outer layer that is called the annulus fibrosus. Within the disc is a softer inner core called the nucleus pulposus. This structure acts in a number of functions for the structure and health of your spine.
However, these discs can fall out of alignment, which in turn, can cause you tremendous amounts of pain and discomfort – even affecting your quality of life.
Our dedicated and experienced McAllen chiropractors at Hendrick Wellness Center want to help you take care of these spine functions and help you preserve your flexibility. By working to improve on these aspects of your health, we can help to improve the quality of your life by limiting the aches in your back and spine caused by disc herniation.
About Spinal Disc Formation and Development
Spinal discs are multi-layered shock absorbing discs that help with the movement and flexibility of the spine. Throughout the various stages of life, your spinal discs change in composition.
In childhood, your spinal discs are filled with fluid. As you begin to mature and age, that fluid begins to solidify. By middle age, an individual is more susceptible to injury and degeneration of the disc because the inner materials come to have a rubber-like consistency that is less flexible.
About Herniated Disc and Associated Pain
The term to describe a disc that ruptures or bulges out of alignment is, “herniated disc,” although the term “slipped disc” is often used interchangeably.
A herniated disc occurs when the gel-like center begins to protrude through a crack in the tough harder exterior. This may cause serious pain and discomfort. The surrounding nerves that are affected by the bulging disc can lead to numbness and tingling in the limbs that are connected to those nerves.
You may be suffering from a herniated disc if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Numbness in limbs
- Tingling in body parts connected to affected nerves
- Areas in the lower back are sensitive to touch
- Lack of muscle control from neck down to lower back
- Radiating spine aches and pains
- Pain that worsens at night or with certain movements
- Pain when walking short distances
These are just some of the physical symptoms that an individual with a herniated disc may experience. However, there are many individuals who experience little to no symptoms at all.
In order to be properly diagnosed, it is vital that you seek out medical care. A chiropractor can perform a number of evaluations designed to establish that you are in fact suffering from a herniated disc and not some other health issue.
Two Types of Herniated Discs
An individual suffering a herniated disc may suffer from one of two injuries: protrusions or prolapses.
A protrusion is when the spinal disc bulges out of its normal placement. Whenever the disc protrudes so much that it detaches from the other aligned discs, this is known as a prolapse. Normal daily activities can become extremely painful to perform when a prolapsed herniated disc occurs.
With a spinal disc injury, an individual can experience difficulties walking, sitting, bending, lifting, among other daily tasks. The pain associated with a herniated disc may occur along any area of the spine, however, lower back pain is most common with muscle spasms and stiffness happening at the site.
There are numerous causes that can lead to a herniated disc including:
- Aging-related wear and tear (disk degeneration)
- Excessive pressure caused by physical exertion (lifting a large object)
- Sports-related accident
- Work-related injury
Additional factors like excessive weight, smoking, and even genetics can affect the risk of an individual suffering a herniated disc.
As mentioned before, some individuals may feel not feel any symptoms. However, if you do experience pain, seek medical attention to avoid prolonged spinal-health issues.
Chiropractic Therapy as a Non-Invasive Treatment
A safe and appropriate measure to treating back pain and spinal disc injuries is chiropractic therapy. This non-surgical approach begins with a physical examination of your health, medical history, as well as an orthopedic and neurological evaluation by a qualified chiropractor.
A complete assessment of the spine is necessary to determine the status of your reflexes, muscles, and nerves surrounding the site of pain. Our experienced McAllen chiropractors at Hendrick Wellness Center will also evaluate your neck and lower back, as these areas are often associated with spinal disc injuries.
By evaluating the overall function of your spine, we will be able to determine if there is a herniated disc. We’ll then be able to create a individualized plan designed to meet your specific needs.
One method of treatment for a herniated disc is spinal manipulation. Depending on your overall health and the severity of the injury, treatment options and frequency of chiropractic care will vary.
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