Herniated Disc

Herniated Disc – Is The Only Option  Surgery?

Can a chiropractor treat a herniated disc?

There are many people that sustain back injuries that result in a herniated disc. For most people chiropractic doesn’t seem like an option. Should you consider going to a chiropractor?

What is a herniated disc?

Each vertebrae of the spine is separated by a pad of cartilage called a disc. They are the “shock absorbers” that protect  the spine. They essentially gives the spine the ability to withstand the forces we place on it everyday through movement and the ability to move without pain. It also protects the vertebral bones from rubbing against each other, constricting blood vessels or pressing on the nerves.

Unfortunately, various activities can cause movements and pressures that injure  these important discs. It could be a sudden injury or wear and tear on the spine over time that can cause the disc to break down and lose it’s normal function.

Herniated discs are classified as bulging, protruding, prolapsed, degenerated, slipped or ruptured. In any of these cases, the disc is no longer able to function normally and the severity of the injury determines the limitation of body movement and degree of pain.

Depending on the condition of the disc as discussed above, it can start pressing on the nerves causing pain and a variety of other symptoms. Chiropractic treatment can help your condition depending on it’s severity.

How is your condition determined?

Your first appointment is going to consist of a medical exam and a variety of neurological and orthopedic tests. You doctor will look specifically at  things such as:

  • If there lost strength in the muscle or muscle wasting?
  • Do you have your reflexes intact?
  • Do you have a loss of sensation at any point on the nerve path?
  • In  addition, you will have an x-ray or possibly an MRI to help with the diagnosis. After a thorough exam and diagnoses, she will determine if you are a good candidate for treatment via chiropractic care.

In most cases, chiropractic is a great way to approach this condition. But, some injuries might be too severe and a referral to a spinal surgeon might be the best approach. You will only know the best course of action if you go to a chiropractor to make that determination.

How is this condition treated?

Your chiropractor will develop a plan to treat your condition or injury that is gentle and non-invasive. This usually consists of a combinations of treatments including low-force adjustments combined with ultrasound, massage etc.

This type of injury is not usually a one or two visit stop to the clinic, but does take more time to overcome. A whole body philosophy is the key to healing with nutritional, lifestyle and stress factors implemented, so you not only get out of pain as quickly as possible, but can continue to maintain optimal health for years to come. These other additions to the treatment plan are implemented after the acute phase (most painful or acute stage of the condition).

We’re here to help you at Advanced Spinal Clinic. The majority of back conditions including a herniated disc can be successfully treated with competent chiropractic care.  If you have any concerns or questions about how we can help you through chiropractic, give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer all your questions and set up an appointment.