Chiropractic Treatments for a Herniated Disc in NYC
You may have a herniated disc anywhere in your spine. Most herniations affect the
lower back, but can also occur in the neck, and less often in the upper back
What is a Herniated Disc?
A herniated disc, also known as a slipped disc, is not the result of the disc "slipping" as the name implies. Instead, the problem comes from a rupture of the disc. When the disc is punctured, a gel-like fluid in the disc leaks from the disc. The fluid in your disc works like a shock absorber to provide the spine with mobility. In the picture to the left, the discs of the spine are represented by the blue, and the leaking disc fluid, nucleus pulposus, is represented by the red. This fluid may outpour from its original position, towards the nerve, causing your pain.
Sciatica Pain and Herniated Discs
Herniated or bulging discs can show up on MRIs or other spinal images of people who don’t know they have a problem, but some can be very painful. The most common symptom of a herniated disc is sciatica.Sciatica is a radiating or aching pain, which can cause numbness or tingling radiating from your buttock down the side or back of one leg. Sciatica is the most common symptom of a herniated disc in the lower back.
You may have a herniated disc anywhere in your spine. Most herniations affect the lower back (lumbar spine.) They can also happen in the neck (cervical spine) and less often in the upper back (thoracic spine.) Depending on the location of the herniation you may experience numbness or weakness in the lower back and one leg, or even in your neck, arm, shoulder or chest. Lower back pain or leg pain that increases when sitting, sneezing or coughing may also indicate a herniated disc.
Additionally in men, it may cause difficulty initiating and maintaining an erection (erectile dysfunction.) If the vertebrae are broken, dislocated or have grown abnormally, they may compress the spinal cord. Reflexes, like the urge to urinate can become exaggerated, causing muscle spasms or increased sweating. If compression worsens, these symptoms may increase. Vertebrae that have been weakened by cancer or osteoporosis may also be more likely to herniated. Damage to ligaments can compress the spinal cord after an injury.
If you have experienced disabling back pain that limits your normal activities for a week or more, it is time to seek help. A herniated disc may be pressing on nerve roots in your spine, known as cauda equina syndrome, which is potentially disabling. If you experience weakness or numbness in both legs, with loss of bladder or bowel control, it is a medical emergency.
Your discs act as shock absorbers for the bending of your spine, aiding spinal muscles to protect your spine from stresses of everyday tasks and heavy lifting. When a disc herniates, a portion of the nucleus pushes out through a tear into the spinal canal. This often causes irritation of spinal nerves which result in the pain of a herniated disc..
As you age, spinal discs lose some moisture content accelerating wear and tear, called degeneration of the discs. Your discs become less flexible and tear or rupture more easily even when you twist or strain just a little. Tiny tears or cracks in the firm outer layer of the disc allows the cushioning gel to poke out through the break. The disc bulges, breaks open, or breaks in pieces. Improper lifting can lead to a herniated disc, as can lifting and twisting. An injury is less likely to cause a herniation, but it does happen.
Herniated discs can be extremely painful, but aren’t normally a medical emergency. Immediate treatment can prevent permanent damage to the spinal cord, and total, pain free function is usually recovered. Conservative treatment is to limit your activity, apply cold, and do careful exercises to build back your flexibility and strength. Specific core-strengthening exercises condition your trunk muscles which helps to stabilize your spine. Other self-care activities may also be recommended.
To help prevent a herniated disc, exercise regularly which slows age-related degeneration and strengthens core-muscles. Make sure you emphasize good posture when walking, standing, or sitting. It reduces pressure on your spine and discs and keeps your abdominal core muscles strong. Keep your back straight and aligned especially when sitting. If you must lift heavy objects, do it properly, using your legs and thigh muscles, not your back. Try very hard to maintain a healthy weight putting less pressure on your spine and discs. If you smoke, stop. It increases your risk for disc problems.
Herniated Disc Treatments
Without a proper diagnosis, it would impossible for me to recommend a therapy and course of treatment for your herniated disc. As you can see, many of my patients came to me for many different reasons. I started the Holistic Chiropractic Center based on providing you with highly personalized care and treatment, for the entire duration of your therapy. I specialize in the following treatments for herniated discs, which may be individual, or used in combination to provide solutions for your pain:
Flexion Distraction which is a process that carefully realigns and adjusts the spine over a period of time.
Muscle Testing which is a holistic approach to the physical diagnosis of the strengths and weakness of the muscles in the area related to low back pain.
Applied Kinesiology which in relation to muscle testing, is treatment that targets improved movement of the affected area.
Nutrition Response Testing may be used to help heal the body from within. It is a healing and preventative treatment that contributes to improving overall wellness by properly fueling the organs in your body.
Herniated Disc Chiropractor in NYC
I believe my experience, and proven track record of success in herniated disc treatment, is a valid and effective remedy to reduce and eliminate your suffering. I sincerely hope you will contact me and take advantage of my free consultation. We both share the same goal for your pain and your overall wellness.