Herniated Disc

Herniated Disc Treatment

Herniated disc injuries can be scary, and difficult to treat.  The pain and numbness associated with this injury can make it difficult to complete even normal day to day activities.  Commonly occurring as people age, herniated disc injuries are usually degenerative.  Luckily, this injury can easily be treated with chiropractic care.  Below, let's look at this injury in more depth and understand why chiropractic care is a great treatment option.

man suffering from a herniated disc

What is a Herniated Disc?

A herniated disc is an injury to a disc within the back or neck.  The back and neck are made up of several individual bones, called vertebra.  In between each vertebra is a tiny disc structure.  The disc is shaped like a donut and filled with a gel substance.  A healthy disc is filled with gel and works to cushion your impact as you bend and move.  Sometimes though, typically as we age, the walls of the disc can become brittle and crack.  If the disc wall cracks, some gel substance can escape, causing the disc to become herniated.  While this injury is typically degenerative, it can also occur with trauma and impact.

What Are The Symptoms To A Herniated Disc?

The symptoms of a herniated disc will vary depending on the location and severity of the injury.  Herniated discs in the upper back and neck are typically felt in the shoulders, arms, and hands.  Herniated discs in the lower back are more commonly felt in the buttocks, legs, and feet.  This injury can cause pain, ranging from a dull ache to a stabbing pain.  People also commonly feel numbness and tingling through their extremities.  One common symptom of a herniated disc is feeling clumsier than usual, often tripping or dropping items.

How Can a Chiropractor Help?

A chiropractor works to restore balance to the body by realigning the spine in relation to the soft tissues in the body.  Often, people experience pain because the misalignment is causing undue stress and pressure to a particular part of the body.  Often with herniated discs, the pressure is being applied directly to the disc, preventing it from healing naturally.  A chiropractor has several tools at his or her disposal to help treat this injury including manual manipulation, physical therapy, electro-stimulation, massage therapy, or stretching and strengthening exercises.  

Call Pure Chiropractic Today!

The team at Pure Chiropractic is well versed in treating herniated disc injuries.  Our team is professional, knowledgeable, and caring; dedicated to finding the best treatment options for your injury.  We want to get you back to the things you love pain free.  Our office is centrally located at 301 Maple Ave W Ste 515, Vienna, VA 22180.  To learn more about our services, or to schedule an appointment, call us today at (703) 319-1212.

 

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