Conditions like sciatica and other painful back problems are often due to a herniated disc. While surgery is a popular option for repairing or replacing discs, you could avoid these invasive procedures with help from Grand Island Chiropractic Center, PC, in Grand Island, Nebraska. The team has considerable expertise and experience in using noninvasive methods to help herniated discs heal and to relieve pain and other symptoms. Call Grand Island Chiropractic Center, PC, today to find out more or request an appointment online.
A herniated disc is a spinal condition affecting the shock-absorbing discs in-between each vertebra.
You have a disc between every vertebra that protects the bone from shockwaves coming up through your legs and back. The disc is round and has a tough outer casing. Inside, the nucleus is a substance similar to jelly that has a high water content to keep it spongy.
Over time, the discs gradually dry out, which makes them start to flatten. The drying also weakens the outer casing, so it develops areas where it can’t contain the nucleus. The jelly-like center of the disc can press against the casing, causing a bulging disc, and eventually a ruptured or herniated disc, where the jelly squeezes out through a hole.
The exact symptoms you experience when you have a herniated disc depend on which disc is affected and how bad the herniation is.
Herniated discs tend to affect your lower back (lumbar spine) and neck (cervical spine) rather than the upper back (thoracic spine). Lower back symptoms could include problems with your legs, with pain sometimes spreading as far as your feet. You might be stumbling or tripping more as well and find it hard to move freely.
If the herniated disc is affecting your neck, then it’s your arms and legs that’ll be causing problems. You might have difficulties lifting and carrying or gripping items. Both neck and lower back herniations cause:
It’s possible to have a herniated disc and not know because it’s only when the herniated part of the disc starts pressing on nerves nearby that it starts to cause problems.
Resting your neck or back is a good start as it allows the inflammation to subside. After an initial rest period, you should move around and exercise gently because being immobile for more than a few days could make your back or neck problem worse.
Grand Island Chiropractic Center, PC, has specialist expertise in treating problems like herniated discs, using techniques like the Cox® Flexion-Distraction decompression method. They blend this with physiotherapy and an exercise program to optimize your recovery.
Other pain-reducing therapies include:
Grand Island Chiropractic Center, PC, also has an excellent working relationship with the local medical community, referring out for additional conservative care when necessary and using CT or MRI facilities within a local radiology group as well as many injective techniques.
A herniated disc isn’t always preventable, but there are risk factors that make you more likely to experience a herniated disc. These include:
Activities like pulling and pushing or twisting that you carry out regularly can also bring on an acute herniated disc, or increase your chances of developing weak places in the outer casing of the disc.
To arrange a consultation for a herniated disc, call Grand Island Chiropractic Center, PC, today or request an appointment online.