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How to Treat Pain from a Herniated Disc or Back Injury?

How to Treat Pain from a Herniated Disc or Back Injury?

How to Treat Pain from a Herniated Disc or Back Injury? 

The pain associated with a herniated disc is one of the most common and debilitating paints that a Chiropractor can see. A chiropractor can help with a variety of treatments that are geared towards helping relieve the back pain that is associated with a herniated disc.

Symptoms of a Herniated Disc

The symptoms that are seen from herniated discs vary. Pain that can be associated with a herniated disc can occur as pain in the legs, either running down the legs, leg numbness, tingling in the legs, and/or weakness in the legs. These same types of pain and numbness might also be present in the arms and/or hands. The pain could be more centered within your back and might present by causing your walking to be crooked, very strong debilitating pain in the neck, mid-back, and/or lower back, pain when you cough and/or sneeze, pain when lying down, pain when standing up from a sitting position, and/or headaches. Some patients only suffer from one of these forms of pain, while others suffer from many forms of pain.

Treatments for a Herniated Disc

There is no one way to treat a herniated disc, multiple treatments should be used. Within the medical community, there are also a few treatments. One of these is epidural steroid injections. While injections are helpful, they are only meant to reduce inflammation and they have a lot of side effects. Due to these side effects, they will only allow you to have a certain number of these injections, in most cases three per year.  Unfortunately, these injections do nothing to reduce the disc pressure or free the trapped nerve.  The other common medical intervention is surgery. Most people, even surgeons, would recommend that surgery be the last choice after all other choices have been exhausted.

A disc problem is best treated when multiple disciplines of treatment are used. A more comprehensive approach will work.  We call this a synergy approach.   The first thing that has to happen is that the pressure has to be taken off of the disc. One of the best ways to remove pressure from a herniated disc is through spinal decompression therapy. Spinal decompression therapy has been shown to often produce instant back pain relief for some patients.

Another thing that happens with a herniated disc is that there is an alignment issue that allowed for the disc to be shifted out of place. With a highly qualified chiropractor, your alignment can be corrected. Without the alignment treatment, the disc is just going to be shifted again.

What is Spinal Decompression Therapy? 

Spinal decompression therapy is a specialized traction-based procedure. It is capable of doing three things: 1) increases the hole where the nerve is to free the nerve

2) causes a negative pressure in the disc that allows the disc to be moved to its normal position, and

3) allows for nutrients and blood flow to be brought back to the area (with a pumping motion).

A herniated disc is a complex problem that requires more than one type of treatment. If left untreated for too long, surgery becomes necessary, so it is important to follow through with treatment upon receiving a diagnosis.

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