Herniated disc therapy is used to treat issues to the spine affecting the spinal tissue. A herniated disc, also known as a slipped disc or bulging disc, is an injury to the squishy connective tissue located between each vertebrae in the spine. This connective tissue acts like a shock absorber for the spinal bones.
A strain or injury to the spine can cause a herniated disc, such as a sports injury, or lifting something wrong. And as a person ages, the connective tissue can also degenerate naturally weakening the how the vertebrae stay in place increasing the odds of experiencing this issue greater. Whatever the cause for a herniated disc, it can be a painful experience that limits a normal, healthy way of life.
How to Know if You Have a Herniated Disc
Symptoms can vary greatly depending upon the position of the disc and the size of the herniation. Although common in the lower back, they can also be located in the neck as well. In order to know if you are suffering from a herniated disc, it is best to seek a professional who specializes in spine care. Don’t try to diagnose this issue yourself, being left untreated, a herniated disc can easily create a chronic condition if not healed properly. However, the good news is that most herniated discs don’t require surgery and when treated properly, pain symptoms can be alleviated.
Our Approach to Herniated Disc Therapy
Our doctor will perform an in-depth evaluation, exam and x-rays if needed. After that he will make his diagnosis and create a treatment specifically designed for patients with herniated discs. Therapy may include:
- Intersegmental Traction
- Ice/Heat Therapy
- Chiropractic Adjustments
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Therapeutic Rehab
- Spinal Decompression
The patient will receive specific instructions and a treatment plan to follow. The doctor will help determine when the patient can resume normal activities, such as returning to work, driving and exercising.
Most of our patients benefit from our supervised rehabilitation. Note that discomfort is expected during a gradual return to normal activity. It can be part of the normal healing process, or it can signal that the patient needs to slow down. The doctor is there to help determine the best course of action to get the best result.
If you would like to speak with one of our doctors about how we can help you, please contact us today! Consultations are free!