Herniated Disc Treatment
At Ryan Chiropractic Wellness, back and neck pain is one of the most common reasons Georgetown patients seek chiropractic services. While most back pains can resolve on their own, some, like herniated discs, need chiropractic treatment.
What Is a Herniated Disc?
A herniated disc occurs when the outer layer of the disc cracks, allowing the soft material that fills the disc to protrude. When this happens, the released material often presses on a nerve, leading to pain that can be mild to excruciating.
Herniated disc causes include obesity, trauma, repetitive movements, stretching the wrong way, lifting heavy objects, or simply getting old. As you grow older, your spinal discs gradually lose fluid volume. This process starts from age 30 and continues to progress slowly over time. This leaves discs to dry out, and not be as flexible as they used to be. When spinal discs lose their flexibility, they can rupture.
Whatever the cause of your herniated disc, you don’t have to continue living in pain. Chiropractic care can provide a long-lasting solution.
Diagnosis of a Herniated Disc
The good thing about chiropractic care is that the process starts with a proper diagnosis of your back pain to establish the root cause of the pain. Unlike other treatment options that mask symptoms with medications, the objective of chiropractic treatment is to provide lasting effects by addressing the origin of the problem.
Diagnosis of a herniated disc takes a multi-faceted approach. Our chiropractor takes your medical history, including the treatments you have tried. He also tries to understand your lifestyle and occupation.
Next, he conducts a physical examination to spot the areas of discomfort. We may also need tests like X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans to pinpoint the exact location of the pain. It is after the correct diagnosis is made that our chiropractor develops treatment options.
Herniated Disc Treatment
Chiropractors use the below non-invasive treatments to treat your herniated disc:
This treatment aligns your spine to remove any restrictions and misalignments from your spine. A properly aligned spine is pivotal in freeing up compressed nerves that cause pain. The advantage of chiropractic care is that it looks at the entire spine and not the area of pain alone. This approach leads to a better-functioning spine beyond pain relief.
The flexion-distraction technique that involves the use of a special table is also pivotal in aligning your back. This technique enables the discs to move back into their position, alleviating nerve pressure.
Our chiropractor may advise on gentle exercises you can undertake to reduce back pain and strengthen your back muscles to avoid the reoccurrence of the injury.
If your occupation is the cause of a herniated disc, our chiropractor will advise on correct posture and the proper way of lifting weights to avoid injury.
Treatment for Your Herniated Disc Is Only a Phone Call Away
If you or your loved one is suffering from a herniated disc, schedule an appointment with Ryan Chiropractic Wellness of Georgetown for pain relief. Our chiropractor will devise appropriate treatment options to treat your herniated disc and get you back to living a pain-free life.