The spine is comprised of a column of vertebrae which enables us to move freely without friction or pain. Each singular vertebra is surrounded by a gel-like cushion that protects and lubricates it.
When the outer layer of the disc ruptures, the gel-like center may leak into the spinal canal. Even worse, when that gel or protruding disc presses against a nerve, it can trigger shooting pain, extreme discomfort, and numbness. This common condition is referred to as a herniated disc.
Common Symptoms of Herniated Discs
Many individuals may feel one or more of the following symptoms:
- Weakness, numbness, or tingling (often a result of the affected nerves)
- Shoulder and arm pain (typically, if the herniated disc is in the neck)
- Buttocks, thigh, or calf pain (typically, if the herniated disc is in the lower back)
Herniated discs are often the result of:
- A strenuous occupation
- Trauma (such as a car accident)
- Excess body weight
- Gradual, age-related wear and tear
Treatments Available for Herniated Discs
Often, a patient may think that invasive surgery is the only viable option for their herniated disc or discs. Unfortunately, this route is the most extreme and involves a lengthy and painful recovery period. In some cases, the surgery is unsuccessful, leaving the patient in continued pain and discomfort.
Similarly, pain sufferers may become reliant on narcotics to dull their pain. These methods may become less effective over time and do not treat the underlying problem. At Campbell Health Center, we offer state-of-the-art, non-invasive pain management alternatives. We aim to rehabilitate and target the source of the problem rather than mask it.
For herniated discs, our medical professionals may recommend one or a combination of the following treatments:
- Spinal Decompression Therapy
Spinal decompression works by gently stretching out the spine. By doing this, bulging or herniated discs may retract, relieving pressure within the spinal structure and nerves. Elongating your spine additionally encourages the movement of essential fluids and oxygen, which further promotes healing within the body.
- Spinal Adjustments for Herniated Discs
After careful consideration, our chiropractors may suggest manual spinal adjustments to ease the discomfort of pain associated with herniated discs. These gentle but effective manipulations are done in order to restore the neck and spine to its correct alignment. This subsequently takes the pressure off the nerves and calms the inflammation in the surrounding areas.
- Physical Rehabilitation
Physical rehabilitation keeps the body moving and flexible, which is crucial in recovering from injuries like herniated discs. If an individual is suffering from stiffness and loss of strength in their neck, shoulders, or back, it may manifest in tension and pain. Through physical rehabilitation maneuvers that focus on strengthening exercises and stretching, patients may find lasting relief.
- Massage Therapy
Massage directed at the neck, shoulders, and back has also been found to be particularly effective in treating herniated discs. It can relieve tension and encourage necessary blood flow to the tissue, which promotes healing and reduces inflammation in the affected areas.
Allow us to help you make an educated decision regarding your pain relief options. Call us today at (832) 460-6468 to schedule a free consultation.