Herniated Disc?

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Disc?

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Can a Chiropractor Help with a Herniated Disc?

If you’ve ever experienced the relief of a spinal adjustment, you might even have asked yourself, “Can a chiropractor fix a herniated disc?”

Chiropractors are experts in the spine and other joints, so it’s only natural that they would understand how to treat a disc protrusion or herniated disc. In this article, we’ll go over what exactly a herniated disc is, what causes them, common symptoms, and how chiropractic care can help.

What is a Herniated Disc?

A herniated disk refers to a problem with one of the rubbery cushions (disks) that sit between the bones (vertebrae) that stack to make your spine.

A spinal disk has a soft, jellylike center (nucleus) encased in a tougher, rubbery exterior (annulus). Sometimes called a slipped disk or a ruptured disk, a herniated disk occurs when some of the nucleus pushes out through a tear in the annulus.

A herniated disk, which can occur in any part of the spine, most often occurs in the lower back. Depending on where the herniated disk is, it can result in pain, numbness, or weakness in an arm or leg.

Symptoms of Disc Protrusion or Herniation

If a disc herniates or protrudes, it puts pressure on the nerves that run through your spinal column. This is what causes your pain and other symptoms.

The specific symptoms you experience will depend on the location of your disc protrusion, but some of the most common symptoms are weakness, pain, numbness, or tingling.

However, because your nerves branch throughout your body, these symptoms may not be felt in the spine at all. For example, a herniated disc in the neck may cause numbness and tingling in your arm or wrist (this is known as referred pain).

Thus, even though your spinal nerve is being compressed, it is sending signals through the nerve root to other nerves throughout the body.

What Causes a Disc Protrusion?

Disc protrusions are part of a degenerative condition and there are three primary ways they can occur: stress, injury, or a combination of the two.

As you age, your discs can naturally start to thin and break down. As gravity pulls on your spinal column, this can cause the disc to protrude or rupture. Overexertion, bad posture, or being overweight can speed this process up.

A 2021 study found an increase in disc protrusion among fairly young individuals (around 25 years of age). Out of 33 patients with disc protrusions, 61% were smokers, the average Body Mass Index was in the “overweight” category, and all had sedentary lifestyles.

Do Chiropractors really help herniated discs?

A mistake is thinking that chiropractic care is only about getting your back cracked (spinal manipulation). Most modern chiropractors have a variety of treatment approaches to help relieve your pain and get you moving again. Treatments such as gentle soft tissue therapies, intermittent traction and graded mobilization. Dr. Chris Rush will also combine your treatment with active care. This would include self-help strategies to:
  • relieve your pain
  • resume your normal activities in ways that are safe for your back
BeachView Chiropractic Center can help you recover from your herniated disc without undergoing surgery. More than that, they can also offer relief from other kinds of bodily pain and ensure that you get better holistically. Call today to schedule your appointment!

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A: Only if the doctor determines that they are necessary
A: Bring your insurance information in with you when you come in for your appointment. There is no charge for you for the consultation to talk to the doctor about your condition. We accept Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, United Health Care, and Self Pay.
A: The Activator Adjusting Instrument is a hand-held, spring-loaded device that delivers fast, precise adjustments in order to restore range of motion to the vertebrae and extremity joints.
A: Traditional spinal manipulation is performed with our chiropractor’s hands. During the adjustment, a quick, firm thrust will be used to realign the joint. While this is perfectly safe, the adjusted area is much larger with a traditional adjustment than with an Activator adjustment. The Activator delivers a direct and precise adjustment that does not require any twisting or pulling. Individuals typically find the activator method less physically and mentally stressful because there are not as many pops or cracks associated with the adjustment, and the speed of the device means that the muscles do not have time to tense against the force.
A: Everyone is unique and we can give you more idea once we have assessed your case. Some patients experience almost instant relief. Others discover it can take many weeks or months. Many factors can affect the healing process.