Herniated Disc Treatment
Any neck or back injury can create painful movements with simple day-to-day activities. Herniated discs are no different, and can often become debilitating if left untreated. Luckily, chiropractic care is an excellent, non-invasive choice that can successfully alleviate the symptoms associated with herniated discs. Below, let's examine this common injury in more detail and learn how our chiropractors at Life Chiropractic in Victorville, CA are able to help.
What is a Herniated Disc?
The spine is made of several small bones called vertebra. In between each vertebra is a disc that is shaped like a donut. The disc is filled with a gel-like substance that cushions the impact of the vertebrae as you bend and move. Sometimes though, the outside shell of the disc becomes cracked or ruptured. This is known as herniated, or bulging disc. When this occurs, some gel-like cushioning substance leaks out which can result in pain and loss of mobility. Typically, herniated disc injuries are degenerative and occurs when the outside wall of the disc becomes thin and brittle. Occasionally, they are a result of a direct impact.
What are Some Herniated Disc Symptoms?
Depending on where the disc is herniated and the severity of the rupture, symptoms will vary. Bulging discs in the upper spine or neck region can create a dull ache or stabbing, sharp pain. Numbness and tingling are common in the neck, shoulders, and arms, potentially radiating outward to the hands. In cases where the herniated disc occurs in the lower back, pain or numbness and tingling sensations are more commonly felt in the buttocks, legs, and feet. People often report feeling more clumsy than usual, dropping items more frequently, or suddenly tripping more.
How Can a Chiropractor Help?
Chiropractic care is an excellent choice for people because it is an effective and non-invasive option that treats herniated discs. Our doctors use chiropractic care to help restore balance in your body, relieve undue stress on the disc, and allow the body to heal naturally. Our chiropractors may use various strengthening and stretching exercises, mechanical traction, spinal decompression, spinal adjustments, electronic muscle stimulation, or cryotherapy to help relieve your herniated disc symptoms.
The team at Life Chiropractic understands how painful a herniated disc injury can be, and we are here to help. Our caring and professional team is passionate about creating customized treatment plans to help get you on the road to recovery. Our office is centrally located at 12571 Hesperia Rd, Victorville, CA, 92395. To learn more about our services, or to schedule an appointment, call us today at 760-241-2000. We want to help you enjoy the things you love and live a pain free life.