A herniated disc refers to an issue with one of the rubbery cushions (discs) between the individual bones (vertebrae) that stack up to form your spine. It is a medical condition affecting the spine due to trauma, lifting injuries, or idiopathic causes. A herniated disc can harass nearby nerves resulting in pain, numbness, or weakness in an arm or leg. Most patients suffering from a herniated disc do not need surgery to correct the problem. At AdvaCare Clinics in Bloomington, MN, we are a clinic with advanced healthcare solutions. We have been working with people who are suffering from herniated discs for 32 years. All treatments and procedures at AdvaCare Clinics are geared around a drug-free, hands on approach that places an emphasis on function first.
Because the presence of the posterior longitudinal ligament in the spinal canal, tears are almost always postero-lateral. This tear in the disc ring can cause the release of inflammatory chemical mediators which may cause severe pain, even when there is no sign of nerve root compression.
The condition is widely referred to as a slipped disc. Although they do not actually “slip,” a disc may begin to bulge , split, or rupture. If a disc is pressed against a nerve the result can be back pain, but the pressing of the nerve does not have to be present for back pain to be felt. Some of the terms usually used to describe the condition include herniated disc, prolapsed disc, ruptured disc and slipped disc.
- Herniation – Disc wedging narrows nerve openings. Obvious symptoms may not be present.
- Protrusion – Like a blister, the disc bulges where it is the weakest, causing nerve pressure.
- Prolapse – With the cushioning and separating compromised by rupture, movement is painful.
Symptoms of herniated discs:
- Pain spreading over the buttocks, down the back of one thigh, and into the calf
- Pain may be in one leg (more common) or both legs
- Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the legs or feet
- Numbness, tingling, or weakness in one or both arms
- In severe cases, inability to find comfort even lying down
- Sudden aching or twisted neck that cannot be straightened without severe pain
- Bowel or bladder changes and/or numbness in the groin
How Chiropractic Care Can Help
After an initial consultation, the chiropractor will take x-rays and possibly an MRI to look at the severity of the bulging discs. He/she will develop a program that involves the use of low-force techniques to manipulate the spine depending on your type case.
Because surgery is very invasive, and because surgery is not always totally successful in correcting the problem, it would be a good idea to search out the services of a doctor of chiropractic and physical therapist first. Before resorting to a surgical approach, it just makes sense to try a more conservative procedure to reduce the spasm, inflammation and pain.
Chiropractic has been a natural solution aiding people with a variety of disc problems. They will locate and correct areas of the spine interfering with the proper nervous system control of your body. Because the inter-vertebral discs are so close to the spinal cord and nerve roots, disc involvement is quite common in chiropractic cases.
Chiropractic adjustments help to restore proper motion and position of malfunctioning spinal bones, reducing nervous system involvement. Working with a physical therapist will aid you in regaining the normal function of your back and will teach you different physical techniques that will help alleviate the pain caused from your herniated disc. If caught before permanent damage, disc tissue often returns to a more normal size and shape by restoring proper motion and position of affected spinal joints.
As an alternative to drugs and surgery. AdvaCare Clinics also offer other treatments and therapies that can help with herniated discs including:
- Trigger point injections
- Manual adjustments
- Physical therapy
- Massage therapy
- And many more…
Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions about herniated discs, any of our therapies, or to schedule a complimentary screening today. Our screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess if you need care and what combination of care would best work for you.