Considering chiropractic care for herniated discs? Here's everything you need to know to make an informed decision about spine health.
There is often confusion between the terms "slipped disc" and "herniated disc." While they are similar, there are some critical distinctions.
A slipped disc occurs when the inner gel-like substance of the disc bulges out through a tear in the outer layer, putting pressure on nearby nerves and causing pain.
A herniated disc occurs when the inner gel-like substance of the disc ruptures through the outer layer, which can also put pressure on nearby nerves, causing pain.
The main difference between a slipped disc and a herniated disc is that a slipped disc may not always be visible on an MRI, while a herniated disc is always visible.
One of the most common causes of a herniated disc is aging. As we age, our discs begin to degenerate and lose some water content, making them more susceptible to injury and less able to cushion the spine during movement.
Other things that increase the risk of herniated discs include:
Several symptoms may be associated with a herniated disc, which can vary depending on the individual. Some common herniated disc symptoms include:
If a herniated disc is left untreated, it can further damage the spine and nerves and may even require surgery to correct. In severe cases, a herniated disc can cause paralysis.
Yes, a chiropractor can help fix a bulging or herniated disc because they are trained to properly align the spine and relieve pressure on the discs. In some cases, they may also recommend exercises or stretches that can help to improve the condition.
If you have a herniated disc, your chiropractic treatment will likely focus on pain relief and restoring function.
Herniated disc treatment includes:
Most people with a bulging disc recover within a few weeks to months with conservative treatment. However, some people may experience more chronic pain lasting several months or more.
Yes, you can see a chiropractor even after back surgery. Chiropractic care may help you recover from your surgery and improve your overall spine health. However, talking to your doctor or surgeon is essential before starting any new treatment or chiropractic adjustment.
Yes, there are risks associated with chiropractic treatment for herniated disc pain. These risks are rare but include:
Chiropractic care is an effective pain treatment option for herniated discs. It can help alleviate herniated disc pain and discomfort and improve the range of motion and function. In some cases, chiropractic care can even help to prevent future disc herniations from occurring.
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