Treat Your Herniated Disc Symptoms With Chiropractic Care
A herniated disc, also called ruptured or slipped disc, can cause disabling pain or reduced mobility. While painkillers may ease the pain, the disc damage may get worse or increase the risk of surgery. Our chiropractors in Overland Park, KS, can treat the underlying cause of herniated or bulging disc to help you avoid invasive surgical treatment. All you have to do is visit The Health & Wellness Clinic, and we can tailor a non-surgical, drug-free treatment plan that matches your needs.
Spinal Disc Function
The spine consists of joints, backbones, and nerves. Intervertebral discs are in between each pair of backbones. They protect the spine by absorbing shocks during movement. However, the discs can become weak due to age or degeneration, making it easier for the disc to bulge, leak, tear, or rupture. In some cases, the gel-like material in the disc may protrude and compress a nearby nerve.
Herniated Disc Causes
The disc could bulge or herniate anywhere along the spine, but is more common in the cervical and lumbar regions of the spine. Factors that lead to a herniated or bulging disc include accident injuries, such as whiplash, strains or sprains from repetitive use, or:
- Spinal misalignment
- Facet joint syndrome
- Lifting heavy objects the wrong way
- Poor posture, prolonged sitting, or bed rest
- Narrowed spinal column (spinal stenosis)
Herniated Disc Symptoms
Holistic treatment by our chiropractors can provide long-term relief for herniated disc symptoms. Common symptoms include a dull ache or sharp or burning pain at the injured disc. You may feel pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness if the nerve is pinched. These symptoms may travel to the shoulder blade, arm, or hand. A pinched sciatic nerve may trigger similar symptoms in the lower back, buttocks, or legs. Stiffness or difficulty moving may also occur.
Chiropractic Care for Bulging or Herniated Disc
X-rays are usually done along with a complete medical evaluation to determine the disc injury. If the disc is herniated, our chiropractors may recommend spinal adjustments to improve your herniated or bulging disc symptoms. Spinal manipulation is a non-invasive technique involving the use of gentle force to correct misalignment and move the disc away from the nerve. Manipulation therapy also reduces inflammation, eliminates neck and back pain, and improves nerve function.
We may also perform massages to help relax the muscles and speed up healing. For overall healing and balance, we may recommend corrective exercises, proper posture, and diet changes.
Natural Relief for Herniated Disc Symptoms
Return to an active lifestyle with chiropractic care in Overland Park, KS. Just call The Health & Wellness Clinic at 913-579-1154 to book an appointment today.