Herniated Disc Diagnosis and Treatment
The spine is a combination of various moving parts that need to work jointly for correct mobility. At times, some of the parts may go out of line, namely the discs. Spinal discs are cushion-like pads in between your vertebrae. When spinal discs herniate, the soft, internal material of the disc often pushes out of the disc and irritates nearby structures.
This displacement of internal material causes the disc to press on your spinal nerves, producing pain. Our chiropractors and staff at Life Chiropractic in Victorville are well equipped to relieve patients from such and other types of pain.
Symptoms of Herniated Disc
Most herniated discs occur in the lower back, but they can happen in the cervical spine as well. The symptoms of a herniated disc depend on where in the spine the damaged disc is located and whether or not nearby nerves are irritated. The most common symptoms include:
- Numbness or Tingling - Various parts of the body in contact with the affected nerves may experience tingling or numbness.
- Weakness - When nerves are affected, the muscles they serve weaken.
- Arm or Leg Pain - Herniated discs in the lower back cause the most pain to your thigh, buttocks, calf, and part of your foot. When in your neck, a herniated disc will cause the most pain to your arm and shoulder. This pain can switch to another body part when you cough or sneeze.
How to Prevent a Herniated Disc
Herniated discs often result from a person’s lifestyle. You can integrate the following into your daily activities to help lower the chances of experiencing a herniated disc:
- Routine exercise to ensure your core muscles are strong enough to support your spine.
- When working, maintain good posture to avoid exerting too much pressure on the spine and discs.
- Quit smoking or using any tobacco products.
- A healthy weight puts less pressure on the spine and discs hence fewer chances of a herniated disc.
Treatment for a Herniated Disc
Chiropractic care is one of the popular treatment methods for patients with a herniated disc. Spinal adjustments and spinal decompression together align the spine correctly and relieve pressure along the spine to allow healing nutrients to access damaged discs. To deal with the symptoms of a herniated disc, chiropractic care includes therapies such as ultrasound, ice and heat therapy, and massage.
Visit Us Today for Herniated Disc Diagnosis and Treatment
If you are experiencing the symptoms of a herniated disc, visit us at Life Chiropractic in Victorville. You will receive exceptional services, diagnosis, and recommendations on the best treatments. Call us at (760) 241-2000 to make an appointment with our chiropractor.