Herniated Disc FAQ
Herniated disc is, unfortunately, a common back injury. When left untreated it can lead to ongoing pain and eventually spine dysfunction. Our staff at Centennial Chiropractic Clinic, serving Springfield, OR, can help educate and treat patients who are dealing with this problem.
What Is a Herniated Disc Injury?
It helps if you think of the discs in your spine as a cushion for your vertebrae. These cushions are located between each of the vertebrae in your spine. The cushion is made of soft jelly-like material surrounded by a tough fibrous outer layer. If this outer layer ruptures, the interior of the disc may be pushed out into the spinal canal, leading to pinched nerves and all the pain and dysfunction that includes.
What Causes This?
In most cases, a disc can become herniated through unusual movements or force on the spine. In many cases, it is due to an injury. However, in other cases, it is due to repetitive, damaging actions over time.
Who Is at Risk?
Older people are more at risk for this problem. This is due in part to the fact that as we get older, the material in the disc becomes less flexible. Other people who are at risk include men in the age range of 30-55 as well as anyone who has a physically demanding job. On the opposite end of the spectrum, people who sit too much are also at risk. Smoking and obesity can also increase your risk for this injury.
What Are the Symptoms?
The most common symptoms include numbness, tingling, weakness, and pain. Pain can concentrate in the back or neck. Many people also experience muscle spasms.
Can a Chiropractor Help?
A chiropractor can often be very helpful for people suffering from this problem. There are several types of treatments that can alleviate the discomfort and slow the progression of a herniated disc. Spinal decompression has been found to be a very helpful treatment for this type of injury. Chiropractic adjustments are also beneficial. In addition to these treatment modalities, cold laser therapy has been used, as well as electrical stimulation.
If you would like to learn more about diagnosis and treatment for this disorder, call our friendly staff at Centennial Chiropractic Clinic, serving Springfield OR. Our number is 541-726-6521.