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What Is A Herniated Disc?
Your spine is made up of a stack of bones also known as vertebrae. Between these vertebrae there are rubbery cushions also called discs that function as shock absorbers. When the outer layer of these discs breaks or degenerates the soft material contained in them protrudes causing pain and discomfort.
What Can Cause a Herniated Disc?
Of the many things that can cause a herniated disc, the two most common are injuries and improper or sudden movements. Injuries can result from car accidents or due to slips and falls. Faulty posture and unnecessary stress to the spine can also lead to herniated discs. Old age or weakness also causes the vertebrae to degenerate and cause pain and decreased range of motion.
Common Symptoms That Point to a Herniated Disc
In most cases patients decide to seek treatment only when the pain becomes unbearable and hampers everyday living. When a spine injury is sustained like during a car accident, the collision or sudden impact to the vehicle can instantly injure the discs and lead to extensive pain.
But in several instances such as in low-impact accidents the discs herniate slowly and the pain builds gradually. That is why it always makes good sense to visit your chiropractor who can examine the spine and diagnose problems to your discs early on.
Some of the symptoms most patients with a herniated disc report of include:
- Numbness and tingling in the extremities
- Pain when moving neck
- Low back pain
- Sciatic pain
- Weakness in muscles
- Bladder and bowel problems
- Difficulty moving or stretching
Your spine extends from your neck area down to your lower back. The symptoms you notice will depend on the area of the spine that is suffering from a herniated disc. Usually back pain with numbness and tingling is a sign of some problem that is related to a herniated disc.
Treatment OptionsSome of the conservative treatment methods used to treat whiplash include:
Invasive treatment options for herniated discs include a surgery. Surgeons perform a discectomy and other procedures to correct a herniated disc. But such invasive procedures may not always lead to the desired or best results. That is why many physicians and accident injury doctors recommend non-invasive treatment options that could include a visit to a chiropractor.
Chiropractors examine the entire spine and not merely the area with the herniated disc problem. Through a detailed examination, chiropractors try and narrow down the problem area and the causes responsible for the pain and discomfort.
During a chiropractic session, your chiropractor focuses on manual adjustments and manipulations of your spine using low-force techniques. These relieve pressure off the herniated disc and reduce pain. At times lumbar or cervical traction may be used to help open spinal joints and allow the disc to be absorbed back into its original position.
With more and more patients suffering from herniated discs choosing non-invasive treatment options, chiropractic care is being offered in almost all medical centers including auto accident treatment centers and clinics. Another reason why chiropractic care is becoming popular, especially with car accident victims, is because it is effective, affordable and safe.
To know about all the various chiropractic treatment options available to you call us today at 305-928-2828 for a consultation. Our accident injury doctors in Miami and nearby areas in South Florida will not only provide guidance but also customize a treatment regimen just for you.