What Is A Herniated Disc?
A herniated disc is an injury that impacts one of the many discs within the spine. The spine is composed of several bones, also known as the vertebra, and in between each vertebra is a donut shaped like disc. This donut like structure is filled with a gel-like liquid that acts as a cushioning device for your spine. As a person bends and moves, the disc works to absorb the impact. Sometimes, these discs can become ruptured, allowing some cushioning gel to escape. When this happens, the disc is said to be ruptured. Most commonly, herniated discs occur with age as the exterior walls of the disc become brittle and crack. It is possible though for herniated discs to occur with impact injuries.
Similar to a herniated disc, people can suffer from a bulging disc. A bulging disc can affect many discs within the spine and it is caused by disc deterioration. As the disc deteriorates, usually happens when we get older, the disc tends to bulge out, causing pain in the back, legs, or buttocks area. Both herniated disc and bulging disc should be treated right away.
What Are Some Herniated Disc Symptoms?
Depending on where in the spine the herniated disc is located, symptoms can differ. For herniated discs in the neck and upper spine, people often report feeling pain ranging from a dull ache to a sharp, stabbing pain. People also report of a numbness or tingling feeling in the shoulders, arms, or hands. Herniated discs in the lower spine area can also be painful, but numbness can occur in the buttocks, legs, and feet. Sometimes, people report feeling more clumsy than usual, frequently dropping items or tripping.
How Can a Chiropractor Help?
Our chiropractors at Spring Chiropractic can help you heal from herniated and bulging discs. We offer non-invasive chiropractic care to help patients find relief from their herniated disc symptoms. Our chiropractors work to restore balance to the body by realigning the spine and treating the soft tissues surrounding the spine. With a number of possible techniques, including manual manipulation, strengthening and stretching exercises, and physiotherapy, our chiropractors can find the right treatment plan to treat and heal your injured disc.
The chiropractic team at Spring Chiropractic cares about your overall well-being and health. Our office is conveniently located at 19510 Kuykendahl Rd, Suite A, Spring, Texas, 77379. To learn more about the services we offer or to schedule an appointment with our chiropractors, please call us today at 281-651-7111. We look forward to helping you so that you can get back to the daily activities you love.