Herniated discs are one of the most common conditions chiropractor deal with on their practice. Chiropractors can give the best solution for herniated discs after a thorough examination and diagnosis.
What is a herniated disc?
Our spinal column is like a stack of bone pieces. Each of these bones is cushioned by discs. These discs have two parts: the tough outer ring and a soft portion.
Also called slipped discs, herniated discs happen when the soft part of the discs protrudes. Herniated disc causes include injury or weakness.
When the cushion of the bones slips, it can cause discomfort and pain to severe cases. Some would even experience numbness along the affected area.
Symptoms of herniated discs
Since herniated discs can happen almost anywhere along your neck to your lower back, it can be tricky to find out if you have a slipped disc. Here are some the tell-tale signs:
- Pain that gets worse at night or during specific movements
- Tingling or burning sensation on any area along your spine
- Muscle weakness for no clear reason
- Pain that extends to your legs or arms
- Numbness on one side of the body
How to deal with herniated discs
Chiropractors can recommend herniated disc exercises to help cure the prolapsed discs. However, if the slippage is too severe, surgery will be conducted to put it back to place.
For minor cases, a conservative method can be used. Chiropractors can subject you to an exercise program to strengthen your back muscles. They can also work with a physical therapist to reduce the pain of the condition.
Chiropractors may also prescribe a pain killer to ease the discomfort. While you’re under the treatment, avoid lifting heavy things and staying on painful positions.
Even if you have herniated discs, it’s not a good idea to stop all your physical activities. A sedentary lifestyle may cause joint stiffness and muscle weakness.