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Herniated Disc Treatment at Back & Neck Care Chiropractic
Back pain, neck pain, and extremity dysfunction may all have one thing in common -- nerve impingement from a herniated disc. Fortunately, these discomforts can also be relieved non-surgically by our team at Back & Neck Care Chiropractic. Let's examine this debilitating problem's causes, symptoms, and solutions.
What Is a Herniated Disc -- and What Can It Do to You?
Vertebral discs consist of a tough outer casing of cartilage called the annulus fibrosus surrounding a gelatinous fluid interior called the nucleus pulposus. This combination gives the discs their flexibility and cushioning power, protecting your spinal column from everyday jolts and bumps. But if the annulus fibrosus develops a tear, some of the nucleus pulposus may extend into the gap. This is what we call a herniated disc, and it may occur due to:
- Bulging discs that have lost fluid content and become squeezed by the vertebrae
- A personal injury that forces the spinal components, including discs, out of their normal positions
- Excess weight, which places extra strain on the discs
- Spinal alignment problems that affect posture and weight distribution
A herniated disc can cause a lot of problems. The herniation itself can cause pain if it extends to the nerves in the outer part of the annulus fibrosus. But the weak spot in the disc may also press against sensitive nerve tissue, including the major spinal nerve roots. If the nucleus pulposus actually leaks out onto the nerve roots, it can cause severe inflammation as well, producing a variety of uncomfortable symptoms along the nerves. One well-known example is sciatica, the shooting leg pain, numbness, tingling and loss of muscle strength caused by a pinched sciatic nerve. A herniated disc in the neck can similar symptoms in an arm or hand, a problem known as cervical radiculopathy.
Natural Solutions From Your Vancouver Chiropractor
While you have heard of people undergoing major surgery to cope with a herniated disc, most cases respond nicely to conservative measures such as chiropractic treatment. In fact, research has found that 90.5 percent of patients with herniated discs have obtained significant symptom relief after 3 months of chiropractic treatment, while 70 percent were significantly better after only 2 weeks. Your Vancouver chiropractor at Back & Neck Care Chiropractic treats those symptoms at their source by correcting the causes of disc stress and nerve impingement. Correcting an unbalanced spinal alignment can take a lot of pressure off the damaged disc, which in turn reduces the pressure on nearby nerve roots.
Other natural therapies can help you get the most out of your treatment. We may prescribe nutritional counseling to help you lose extra weight, for instance, or acupuncture to stimulate your body's own painkilling mechanisms for additional relief.
Let Us Help You Overcome Your Herniated Disc Discomfort
Get relief from that herniated disc without drugs or surgery. Call 360-253-6674 to schedule natural treatment from our Vancouver chiropractor!