A Chiropractor Can Treat Your Herniated Disc
The human spine is an incredibly complex machine that is instrumental in allowing us to perform most of the physical tasks we do on a daily basis. Spinal discs are an especially vital part of the spine. When they are damaged, they tend to cause a great deal of discomfort.
What's in a Spinal Disc?
Spinal discs are important because they are the shock absorbers for the spine. There is the outer part of the disc, called the annulus fibrosus, which is a tough exterior made up of collagen fibers. Inside, is the inner core, also known as the nucleus pulposus, which includes many loose fibers in a mucoprotein gel. The two parts are supposed to stay sealed together. However, that seal is dependent on a high level of water in order to keep things together.
When spinal discs dry out, they run the risk of bulging or even herniating. Neither situation is very fun. If you have any of these symptoms, you may have a bulging or herniated disc:
- Pain at the site of the disc, caused by nerve irritation
- Weakness or tingly pain in an arm or a leg, caused by nerve compression.
What Is a Herniated Disc?
A herniated disc is a damaged spinal disc that has a ruptured annulus fibrosus. This allows the internal material of the spinal disc to push out of its casing an impinge or irritate nearby nerves. At Mass Sports Spine Chiropractic, we have several ways we treat pinched nerves caused by herniated or bulging discs.
Herniated Disc Symptoms
Just because your back hurts doesn't mean you have a herniated disc. There are a number of different causes for back pain, that is why it is important to fully evaluate your condition using diagnostic tools, such as x-rays, to verify if a disc is herniated or if you are suffering from degenerative disc disease or some other condition.
Treating Herniated Discs and Similar Issues
There are some with herniated discs that opt for surgery, but that option has its own set of complications. By seeing a chiropractor, many are able to obtain drug free relief through spine specific physical therapy or massage therapy. Your chiropractor will also approve exercises and adjustments you can make to your own lifestyle in order to limit any recurrence of pain.
If you are experiencing pain, there is a good chance a chiropractor can determine the source of your pain and provide relief. To learn more about we can help you with your pain management, contact Mass Sport & Spine in our Westwood location at 781-708-9056, our Walpole location at 508-668-8900, or our Wrentham location at 508-876-7289 to schedule an assessment.