Treating Herniated Discs in Sarasota
If you have a herniated disc, our chiropractor in Sarasota can help you with non-invasive treatment options that do not involve surgery or painful injections.
Understanding Herniated Discs
The discs of the spine are located between the vertebrae. They help cushion and stabilize the spine. They are comprised of two sections. The inner section is soft while the outer section is slightly tougher. A herniated disc occurs when a portion of the disc material slips or bulges out of place.
Herniated Disc Symptoms
Herniated disc symptoms can vary between individuals. If the disc herniation is located in your lower back, it can cause pain, loss of range of motion and weak back muscles. If the lumbar disc herniation puts pressure on the nerve roots, especially the sciatic nerve, it can cause leg pain, numbness and difficulty walking.
Herniated or bulging discs can also occur in the neck. These are less common. If you have a disc herniation in your neck, it can cause neck pain and neck stiffness. If the disc is putting pressure on the nerve roots, you may also experience shoulder, arm and upper back pain.
Causes of a Bulging Disc
Bulging discs usually occur in older individuals. This is because as we age, the discs lose their flexibility and become slightly dehydrated. This condition is called degenerative disc disease. You could also get a bulging disc from a fall, being in a car accident or improperly lifting heavy objects.
Risk Factors for Herniated Discs
- Being Overweight
- Working a Manual Labor Job
- Certain Genetic Factors
Diagnosing Your Disc Herniation
Diagnosing your disc herniation involves taking a complete medical history. This includes when your pain first began and if anything you do increases or decreases the pain. Then, our chiropractor will perform a physical examination that may include taking digital x-rays. After your examination, our chiropractor will recommend treatments to help heal your disc herniation.
Treating Herniated Discs With Our Sarasota Chiropractor
Our chiropractor offers several different treatments for herniated discs. The most common treatment is non-surgical spinal decompression. This treatment involves laying on a spinal decompression table with a belt wrapped around your waist. The belt is connected to a pulley system that is controlled by a computer. The goal of this treatment is to gently stretch your spine in order to increases the spaces between your vertebrae. This will give your discs room to retract and rehydrate. We may also recommend chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, and rehabilitation in order to help you heal faster.
To schedule an appointment to see if chiropractic care in Sarasota can help relieve your back pain, call us at 941-351-2555.