A slipped or herniated disc can be an incredibly painful and debilitating condition. While a slipped disc can occur in any part of your spine from the neck to the lower back, the lower back is the most common region for the injury. Pain from the injury often subsides within six weeks, but it is extremely important to seek medical attention to minimize pain and ensure that proper healing and full recovery can occur.
Herniated Disc Pain
You may have a herniated disc if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Pain that increases with movements such as walking, sitting, standing, or worsens at night
- Weakness in muscles
- Pain and numbness, sometimes on just one side of the body
- Tingling, burning, aching, or pins and needles sensation in the extremities
- Leg pain
- Lower back pain
What causes Herniated Discs?
While disc herniation can occur as the result of an accident such as slipping, it can occur after milder, everyday activities such as lifting something too heavy the wrong way, or twisting the back the wrong way while working out. Furthermore, disc herniation can simply occur as a common result of aging.
Every spinal disc has a gel-like interior called the nucleus pulposus, and a hard outer ring is known as the annulus.These discs are positioned in between each of the bones, or vertebrae, that make up the spine. Your spinal discs are very important as they help to absorb shock and allow for a large range of motion. A herniated disk occurs when the outer ring of the disc tears or weakens, resulting in the gel-like interior slipping out or leaking, and can occur in varying degrees of severity. You might hear herniated discs being referred to as a bulging disc, slipped disc, or pinched nerve, because of the nerve pain that the inner disc material can cause by compressing a surrounding nerve.
Treating Herniated Discs with Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care is a highly effective course of treatment for herniated discs. Treatment can include gentle manipulation of the spine through techniques such as spinal decompression that encourage the discs to return to their proper position in the spine.
A herniated disc can be a painful and debilitating condition. Don’t continue to suffer with your back pain – contact Connetquot Chiropractic today for an expert consultation, where Dr. Lambert will diagnose your condition and carefully determine what treatment will be most effective for your individual needs!