Non-Surgical Herniated Disc Treatment At Mass Sport & Spine Chiropractic
A herniated disc feels just as awful as the name suggests. This breach in the outer wall of a spinal disc can cause acute pain while also compressing and irritating nearby nerve roots. Contrary to what you might have heard, however, you may not need surgery to get this agony under control. Here at Mass Sport & Spine, we're happy to provide non-surgical herniated disc relief in our Westwood and Walpole, MA clinics.
What Is a Herniated Disc?
The spaces between your vertebrae are maintained by flexible structures known as discs. These springy structures act as shock absorbers, minimizing the impact on your vertebrae as you walk, run, and bounce through everyday life. They also prevent direct friction between the bones of the vertebrae. A disc consists of two main components: a fibrous, nerve-filled outer casing called the annulus, and a fluid-filled interior called the nucleus. If part of the annulus weakens, it may protrude outward until it breaks open, with the "gel" of the nucleus making contact with surrounding structures. At this point, the disc is said to be herniated.
Causes and Symptoms
A herniated disc often begins as a bulging disc which is another condition in itself. However bulging discs are more common occurrences, especially as one ages. A bulging disc can lead to a herniated disc after it severely reduces the springiness and height of the disc, allowing it to bulge outward from the spinal column. Eventually, the pressure on the annulus can cause it to rupture. A longstanding spinal misalignment may also put this process into motion. Other herniated discs occur suddenly due to an acute spinal impact or another injury that forces the disc out of position. A herniated disc can produce a variety of symptoms, including:
- Acute pain in the disc itself (from the nerve endings in the torn annulus)
- Nerve root irritation from contact with inflammatory substances in the nucleus
- Weakness, numbness, tingling or pain in an arm or leg (depending on the disc involved) due to nerve compression
Diagnosis and Treatment From Our Chiropractors
One of our chiropractors can X-ray your spine to see exactly where a disc has been herniated. Once we've diagnosed the specific problem, we may administer chiropractic adjustments to that part of the spine. By normalizing your vertebral and disc orientation, we can relieve nerve root irritation and give your disc a chance to heal. We may also recommend physical therapy to boost your spinal support and/or lifestyle changes to help you avoid future herniation.
Call Mass Sport & Spine Today To Schedule an Appointment
Don't let a herniated disc put the pinch on your comfort and mobility. Call Mass Sport & Spine at our Westwood or Walpole office to schedule non-surgical relief!