Herniated Disc Treatment at Back on Track Chiropractic & Wellness Center
Herniated discs can cause debilitating back pain or neck pain and make doing even the most basic task challenging or impossible. Finding a chiropractor near you is vital for correcting this condition and preventing chronic neck or back pain. The chiropractors at Back on Track Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Birmingham, AL, are here to tell you about herniated discs and how we can treat them.
What Is a Herniated Disc?
The discs are the spongy, rubbery cushions that act like tiny shock absorbers between your vertebrae. Each disc has a soft center known as its nucleus. Surrounding the nucleus is a tough, collagen-filled outer layer called the annulus. A herniated disc occurs when the annulus gets torn or bursts, causing some of the fluid in the nucleus to spill out onto your nerves. While herniated discs can occur anywhere in the spine, they most frequently occur in the lower back and cause lower back pain.
Symptoms of a Herniated Disc
Herniated discs can cause mild or no symptoms in some people and severe back pain and neck pain in others. Many also experience numbness in the hands or feet due to a pinched nerve. When the herniated disc is in the lower back, patients feel pain in the lower back, hips, thigh, and calf. They can also feel pain in the foot. When the herniated disc is in the upper back or the neck, patients feel pain in the arm and shoulder. They may also feel a shooting pain when they cough or sneeze. Pinched nerves due to herniated discs can also cause pain, numbness, and loss of muscle strength.
What Your Chiropractor Can Do for a Herniated Disc
The most frequent chiropractic intervention for a herniated disc is a spinal adjustment. Your chiropractor near you uses spinal adjustments to realign the vertebrae in your spine, alleviating pressure on your nerves and putting your discs in their proper alignment. They may also provide corrective stretches and exercises to help strengthen your body and prevent future injury.
Our chiropractor can also use the Flexion Distraction method to treat your herniated disc. Our chiropractor slowly manipulates and stretches your spine to move the herniated disc away from the affected nerve. Doing this reduces pain and increases the transmission of normal nerve impulses that create a sensation in areas below the affected part of the spine.
Visit Your Chiropractor Near You in Birmingham, AL, for Herniated Disc Treatment Today
Herniated discs can significantly impact your quality of life and make working or enjoying your hobbies challenging, so contact Back on Track Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Birmingham, AL, to get the chiropractic care needed to help you feel like yourself again. Call us and schedule an appointment today at (205) 942-4243 if you are searching for a chiropractor near you in Birmingham, Hoover, Homewood, Mountain Brook, or Vestavia Hills, AL.