Herniated Disc Q & A

What is a herniated disc?

Between the vertebrae of your spine are protective discs that absorb the shock of your movements. When a disc is under too much pressure, the tough exterior shell can break (herniate) and force the gel-like center outward.

A herniated disc can push on your spinal cord and surrounding nerves, causing irritation, inflammation, and persistent neck and back pain. If a herniated disc ruptures, it becomes a medical emergency that can lead to the loss of bowel control and the loss of sensation in the legs.

Your risk for developing a herniated disc can increase if you work in a manual labor job or have an auto accident injury. Other risk factors for a herniated disc include:

  • Genetics
  • Smoking history
  • Weight challenges
  • Sedentary lifestyle

If medications aren’t enough to relieve herniated disc pain, you may benefit from the chiropractic services available at Integrated Spine & Disc.

How does chiropractic care treat herniated disc pain?

The goal of chiropractic treatments for a herniated disc is to realign the vertebrae in your spine to alleviate pressure on the damaged disc.

While many professionals won’t work with a large disc herniation, the chiropractors at Integrated Spine & Disc have extensive experience using chiropractic techniques to relieve herniated disc pain. They can read the results of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or other diagnostic imaging tests to determine if chiropractic adjustments are right for you. 

If you’re not a candidate for chiropractic care, the chiropractors at Integrated Spine & Disc can refer you to another health professional for treatment.

What can I expect during a chiropractic adjustment for a herniated disc?

During your visit to Integrated Spine & Disc for a herniated disc, the chiropractors follow a treatment plan they customize to your needs. They can use manual techniques or specialized instruments to move misaligned vertebrae into their proper position.

The chiropractors at Integrated Spine & Disc can also combine chiropractic treatments with exercise therapy. They can recommend exercises that target your spine to improve its health and flexibility.

By participating in regular exercises and scheduling routine chiropractic care, you can prevent additional pain flare-ups, reduce your long-term medical costs, and protect your overall spine health and function.

If you’re looking for solutions to relieve pain from a herniated disc, call Integrated Spine & Disc or book an appointment online today.