Back Pain, Decompression Therapy

3 Ways We Get Herniated Disc and How Chiropractors Help

3 Ways We Get Herniated Disc and How Chiropractors Help
3 Ways We Get Herniated Disc and How Chiropractors Help
Back discomfort is frequently brought on by a herniated disc. A herniated disc is also commonly known as slipped disc or bulged disc. Discs that become herniated usually are in an early stage of degeneration. It occurs when a spinal disc’s supple core escapes from its protective coating. This may have an impact on neighboring nerves, resulting in limb discomfort, numbness, or weakening in affected areas.

The spinal canal has limited space, which is inadequate for the spinal nerve and the displaced herniated disc fragment. Due to this displacement, the disc presses on spinal nerves, often producing pain, which may be severe.

What is a Herniated Disc

Symptoms (e.g. pain in the neck, or numbness or tingling in the arms, legs, feet or buttocks) often subside or disappear after a few weeks, but if they continue or worsen, surgery may be necessary. Though herniated discs can lead to excruciating agony, the good news is they are also treatable.

In this article, we discuss the 3 common ways that herniated discs occur, and how chiropractic treatments can help alleviate the pain.

Commonly Caused by Wear and Tear
Commonly Caused by Wear and Tear
A bulging or herniated disc is caused when the nucleus pulpous, the innermost jelly-like layer, pushes through the annulus fibrous, the strong outermost part of the disc.

Our backs support and disperse our pressure, and the intervertebral discs in our spine are designed to cushion movement impact. When we go about our daily activities such as sitting, standing, walking or even sleeping for long hours, we typically forget about our posture. Overtime, bad posture can cause unnecessary load and stress in our spine and disc, leading to early wear and tear.

Caused by High Impact High Force Injuries
High force and impact injuries can potentially result in a herniated disc. Fast, jerky movements such as vehicle accidents or slip & falls, can pass large forces to the disc, leading to herniation. Alternatively, lifting a large load improperly or twisting violently may herniate a disc as well.
Caused by Degeneration
A weakened or deteriorated spine that has been through constant wear and strain (degenerated) makes it more likely to get herniated.

Another possibility is that your disc has eroded to the point that even a seemingly non-traumatic occurrence might result in a herniated disc. The abrupt power of a sneeze can herniate a disc if you already have a weak disc, even though it may not seem like a dramatic occurrence that could cause harm.

Common Symptoms of Herniated Discs
Chemicals are released when the inner portion of the disc ruptures, irritating nearby nerves and resulting in pain and inflammation. Additionally, the herniated disc can compress nerves and inflict discomfort by applying pressure on them.

Typical signs include:

  • When a herniated disc pushes on the spinal cord or nerves that leave the cord, numbness and tingling may result. Strange feelings might radiate along the nerve and into the arms or legs.
  • Weak muscles: When a herniated disc pushes on a nerve, the surrounding muscles could become weakened, resulting in a wobbly gait.
  • Pain: Usually felt in the back, although it can also spread to the limbs. The sensation is frequently described by people as scorching or acute.

In some cases, a person with a herniated disc may not experience any symptoms at all.

How do Chiropractors Help to Treat Herniated Discs?
How do Chiropractors Help to Treat Herniated Discs
It’s a frequent misconception that visiting a chiropractor may exacerbate your disc protrusion. However, that is not true!

Bed rest, painkillers and steroid injections are frequently used to treat disc problems, however these methods only provide temporary pain relief without directly resolving the herniated disc. Another option would be surgery or rigorous physical therapy. On the other hand, spinal manipulation with chiropractic is a non-invasive, drug-free therapy alternative that targets the root of your discomfort.

Decompression Therapy
Decompression therapy is a procedure intended to relieve pressure in the targeted segment of the spine by gently stretching it to create a negative pressure in it. This stretch will allow herniated/ bulging discs to retract and promote blood flow back to the discs to improve recovery. Decompression Therapy has been known to be effective for conditions such as slipped discs, sciatica, disc degeneration and nerve compression.

Following your session, your chiropractor will probably tell you to consume a lot of fluids to assist in the therapy process. You could also undergo some medical massage treatment, depending on your health.

Chiropractic therapy can relieve your unpleasant symptoms so that surgery, medications, and other forms of treatment are no longer necessary. Although it cannot cure herniation (only surgery can accomplish that), it can help you avoid surgery.

Holistic Spinal Care
Your initial trip should be to a chiropractor regardless of whether you suffer from a disc bulge or a herniated disc.

Chiropractic care is a non-invasive, drug-free medical specialty that seeks to cure the underlying cause of your pain and suffering rather than only treating the symptoms.

Concluding Words
Chiropractic therapy is said to be a preference among people who have persistent bodily aches since it is non-invasive, calming, and rapid. You may bid your physical discomforts farewell when you see our highly trained and qualified chiropractors.

Our spine and nerve specialists can treat all these issues, which include headaches, neck discomfort, muscular pain, and lower back pain. We focus on detecting the root of the problem, structural corrections and possibly permanently reversing the problem.

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