Suffering from a herniated disc can be very painful and limit your ability to do simple things, such as work, clean the house, or even walk to your car. Suffering from a herniated disc also leaves patients with many questions about their condition and treatment options. Fortunately, Hughes Chiropractic and Massage in Renton can help you better understand your condition and how Dr. Hughes can help. Below are some of the commonly asked questions that we run into regarding herniated discs.
What happens when a disc herniates?
If the disc becomes weakened or struck with extreme pressure, part of it may start to protrude out from the spinal column. The fluid inside the disc will continue to push outward until it finally ruptures. When the fluid escapes the disc, it flows outward and presses onto the nearby nerve tissue, which can cause debilitating back pain.
What causes a herniated disc?
Herniated discs occur due to a combination of factors, including age-related fluid loss and ongoing musculoskeletal strain and stress. Other factors which may cause a herniated disc to occur include poor posture, obesity, high-impact auto collisions, and other accidents that impact or jolt the spinal column.
What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?
In most patients, a herniated disc causes neck and back pain from pressure on the nerve tissue. Additionally, nerve pressure can cause numbness in the upper extremities and pain across the shoulders and upper arms. Nerve pressure in the lumbar area of the spine can also cause tingling, numbness, and pain in the legs.
How does chiropractic care treat herniated discs?
Chiropractic care treats herniated discs using non-surgical, drug-free treatment plans. A standard treatment option is a flexion-distraction technique that uses a unique table to help manipulate and apply gentle pressure to the spine for pain management and relief. This technique helps move the herniated disc back into place, relieving the area surrounding the disc. Additional treatment options may include acupuncture, physical therapy, or massage therapy.
Contact Our Chiropractor in Renton, WA
If you suspect you have a herniated disc, contact Hughes Chiropractic and Massage in Renton to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hughes. After a thorough physical examination and a few imaging tests, we will develop a treatment plan to provide you with pain relief and support the healing process. Call our team today at (425) 271-4543 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.