A herniated disc occurs when the inner portion of a spinal disc pushes through the exterior. This causes irritation in the surrounding nerves, which results in pain and other symptoms.
Herniated discs usually cause symptoms in the lower back, but it’s also possible to have a herniated disc in the upper part of the spine. Symptoms of herniated discs include soreness in the flank and leg for lower back herniations and pain in the arm and shoulder for upper back herniations. Sneezing or coughing might make this pain more intense. Other symptoms include tingling and muscle weakness.
Herniated discs usually develop when the aging process causes spinal discs to deteriorate. Spinal discs lose their flexibility with age, which makes them more likely to tear. Turning the back a certain way or straining it, such as by lifting heavy objects, can cause these tears to occur.
Dr. Knecht provides chiropractic treatments for herniated discs. These include manual adjustments to the spine to restore it to the proper alignment. This takes pressure off of the affected disc and allows it to heal naturally. Removing pressure through realignment also eases pain and other symptoms of herniated discs. Dr. Knecht might recommend having massage therapy in addition to chiropractic care. This type of treatment can enhance the effects of chiropractic care.
Spinal adjustments shouldn’t cause patients considerable pain. Some patients experience mild soreness after being treated, but this is temporary. During spinal adjustments, patients might feel pressure on their spine as the discs are brought into the correct alignment.
Patients can lower their risk of having another herniated disc with self-care measures. These include following a regular exercise routine that makes the muscles in the back and abdominal area stronger, which helps provide the spine with more support. Other ways to prevent herniated discs include practicing good posture when sitting or standing and losing excess weight. Being overweight can strain the back muscles, which increases the risk of a herniated disc.
For more information on chiropractic care for herniated discs, please contact Knecht Chiropractic Clinic.
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