The spine in the human body consists of separate bones called vertebrae. Every vertebra has a cushion between them. Hence, this cushion is known as an intervertebral disc. These discs function to help absorb compression and body shock. In addition, these discs help the spine move easily. Consequently, as a person becomes older, the structures of these discs can become compromised. Unfortunately, the discs may begin to bulge or become herniated. Therefore, chiropractic care for herniated disc can help treat the condition and may even eliminate the need for surgery.
What Are Herniated Discs?
First of all, if you are suffering with back pain, weakness in the lower body, or other abnormal lower body functions, you may have a herniated disc. Fibrous material on the outside and a soft area in the middle part constitute herniated discs. When movement is fluid around the discs, the spine operates normally. However, the outer portion of the disc becomes very dry when the movement is not fluid. As a result, the disc begins to bulge. The bulging disc creates a condition also known as a slipped disc or a disc protrusion. Chiropractic care for herniated disc helps alleviate pain if the condition is diagnosed early.
Symptoms of a Herniated Disc
Herniated discs that cause pressure on the nerves in the spine can make the nerves malfunction. The bulging discs can also interfere with the path the nerves use to deliver signals between the spine and the brain. Some of these symptoms include:
- Pain in one or both legs
- Numbness in the feet or legs
- Tingling in the feet or legs
- Numbness or weakness in one arm or both arms
- Sudden aching in the neck
- Changes in bowel or bladder movements
How to Treat a Herniated Disc
Most noteworthy, a herniated disc can be treated via a number of ways including physical therapy and cortisone shots. Unfortunately, surgery is very invasive and not 100 percent successful. Patients should only consider surgery as a last resort. Almost all chiropractors can correct or reduce subluxations (bone movement in the spine) and herniated discs through adjustments. Consequently, the decompressed vertebrae allows the disc to heal naturally.
Chiropractic Care for Herniated Disc
Early diagnosis and chiropractic care for herniated disc is the best way to correct and reduce the pain brought on by this condition. Therefore, chiropractic care is the best option for pain relief and maintaining a healthy spine.
Dr. Renee White of Champion Chiropractic is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic and is the founder of Champion Chiropractic in Alpharetta Georgia. Dr. White ensures her patients are educated in Chiropractic care and how it can improve their health. Schedule an appointment today if you are ready to begin enjoying better health.