Understanding Herniated Discs and Why They Should Not Be Ignored
A herniated or slipped disc can be debilitating. The condition is the result of the soft area of an intervertebral disc pushing through to the outside layer. Most occurrences of slipped discs are in the lumbar region of the spine however, a herniated disc can occur in the cervical and thoracic regions as well. Generally, herniated discs occur as the result of repetitive movements and gradual wear. It is important to note that age can also be a factor in regard to leaky disc, as the water content of spinal discs generally decreases as people get older. Here at Back to Health Wellness Center in Sarasota, we offer our patients safe effective treatment of herniated or bulging discs. Here is some information pertaining to symptoms and treatment.
Even though there is a certain level of risk that someone in their senior years may be diagnosed with a slipped disc. It should be noted that anyone of any age can be susceptible to the condition. People who have occupations which require them to lift heavy or oddly shaped items are at risk. People who drive long distances are also prone to the condition. In addition, genetics can also play a role in whether a person develops a bulging disk.
People should not make the false assumption that they have to lift something heavy or be involved in some other activity to rupture a disc. A herniated disc can occur as a result of people doing absolutely nothing. People who live sedentary lifestyles are prone to develop a bulging disc due to the reduction of the supply of oxygen to the spinal column and the deterioration of tissue.
Herniated Disc Symptoms
The symptoms of slipped discs are caused by the pressure applied to the nerves. This is caused by the reduction of fluid between the vertebrae. The most common symptoms associated with bulging discs include, but are not limited to tingling and numbness, pain that can radiate into the arms and legs and weakness. Here in our clinic, we understand the risks associated with herniated discs. Bulging discs can cause permanent damage and even paralysis in rare cases. We encourage people to seek the advice of a medical practitioner once symptoms of a herniated disc become apparent.
How Our Chiropractor Treats Bulging Discs
Our number one priority is to alleviate the pain of our patients. Our doctor conducts thorough exams to diagnose slipped discs. This involves the examination of several systems of the body including the musculoskeletal and neurological systems. An x-ray may also be taken. Once our doctor has gathered and assessed all the information needed a plan of treatment is then determined. Generally, treatment plans include spinal adjustments, spinal decompression, electrostimulation therapy, ultrasound therapy, cold laser therapy, and cryotherapy. Our doctor may also use other chiropractic treatment modalities in addition to recommending strength training exercises for our patients.
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Don't let the pain and discomfort of a herniated disc dictate how you live your life. The team here at Back to Health Wellness Center is here to help alleviate your pain and to help get you back to participating in the activities you love most. To learn more about herniated discs and how we treat them, give us a call at (941) 351-2555 to schedule your appointment to see us today.