A herniated disc occurs when a portion of the nucleus pushes through a crack and leaks into the surrounding area. At Hughes Chiropractic and Massage in Renton, Dr. Hughes treats herniated discs with the best treatment options available. Let’s look at what you need to know about how we are able to address disc herniation through chiropractic care.
What Causes a Disc Herniation?
Disc herniation starts with the spinal column, which is made up of rubbery pads and vertebrae. The pads are known as spinal discs, and these circular capsules provide a fibrous membrane (the annulus) and an elastic core (the nucleus pulpous). The discs work as shock absorbers for the spine, separating the vertebrae from each other. However, the discs are prone to injury and displacement.
In a disc herniation, the disc contents push out through an annulus tear. The result can cause pressure on the surrounding tissue, resulting in back pain and dysfunction. A herniated disc will usually have the following symptoms:
- Back pain
- Leg pain
- Numbness and tingling
- Muscle weakness
There are certain risk factors for disc herniation, including weight gain, occupational stress, smoking, sedentary living, or genetic inheritance. Be sure to ask any family members if they have this condition. You can take preventative measures against disc herniation by maintaining a good posture, frequently exercising, and eating a healthy diet. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of a herniated disc, check in with a qualified chiropractor.
Treating a Herniated Disc
Treatment for this condition will usually start with an examination, where we will ask about your medical history and symptoms. Imaging tests are done to closely assess the spinal column; expect our chiropractor to do x-rays, CT scans, MRI, or myelograms. Either a nerve conduction study or electromyography may be needed to measure the electrical impulses of your nervous tissue; this will check for nerve damage.
The next step is creating the best treatment plan for the patient. Dr. Hughes will offer treatments like physical therapy, massage therapy, or even acupuncture. Make sure to communicate your needs. The more informed our chiropractor is about your needs, the more tailored the treatment will be.
Contact Our Chiropractor in Renton, WA
At Hughes Chiropractic and Massage, we have several treatment options for disc herniation. Call our team today at (425) 271-4543 to learn more about our chiropractic services or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hughes.