What is a bulging or herniated disc?
Between our spinal vertebrae, we have cartilaginous discs that provide support and act as shock absorbers for the spine. Herniated disc chiropractor can help you to relieve this stress in the spine. Repetitive movements, particularly coupled signs of bending and twisting, can put extra stress on the discs and cause them to bulge or even herniate.
A bulging disc is where the disc protrudes out from the spine butremains intact. However, a herniated disc may have a further injury, with parts splitting off or breaking open. Both pathologies will pressure the surrounding spinal nerves and even the spinal cord,causing symptoms such as pain, tingling or numbness locally andradiating.
This condition is relatively common and usually occurs in the low neck and back. This condition is often self-limiting and will improve over time, but treatment will increase recovery time and prevent future occurrences.
Causes of disc injury
Disc injury usually is caused by wear and tear on the spine over time, often through repetitive strain or overuse. However, they can also result from traumatic and sudden injuries, such as lifting heavy objects or falls.
Factors that can increase the risk of disc injury are:
- Poor posture
- Little or no exercise
- Extreme exercise with poor form
Symptoms of herniated disc
Depending on the level of the spine that the disc herniates, the symptoms may differ slightly.
In both the neck and back, you may suffer from symptoms such as a dull ache, sharp pain or numbness or tingling; however, you may also notice these symptoms radiate into your arms or legs.
Suppose your disc injury is in the low back. In that case, you may also notice changes when going to the bathroom (changes in urination or defecation) or changes in sensation in the groin region. If this occurs, speak with your doctor immediately, which may indicate a severe underlying pathology.
How can we help at Elia Chiropractic?
Chiropractic management of disc injuries works to manage the area surrounding the disc, to relieve muscular tension to reduce the pressure on the disc, which will allow the disc to heal and move back into place.
In severe cases, surgery may be recommended; however, conservative management (chiropractic care, ice/ heat, over-the-counter medication) can be very effective and can begin as soon as you find yourself injured.
Chiropractors use various techniques to manage your condition,
- Spinal adjusting
- Massage and Trigger point therapy
- Exercises and Stretches
Lifestyle changes to help prevent future occurrences, such as posture guidance or maintaining a healthy weight. Speak to our herniated disc chiropractor to get the best chiropractic treatment today.