Understanding Herniated Discs
Herniated discs are much more common than people think. Once a disc herniates, it can suddenly go from a person being able to tolerate it to nerve aggravation, leading to back pain and nerve symptoms that travel down the leg. Patients often realize that the best treatment for their condition is through chiropractic care. We have helped many patients at Rockefeller Health & Medical in Midtown find natural relief from their pain or discomfort due to herniated discs.
Causes & Symptoms
A herniated disc often results from wear and tear associated with aging. This condition is also known as disc degeneration. Your disc will become less flexible as you begin to age, making you more prone to rupturing or tearing, resulting from a simple twist or strain. We also see patients suffering from a herniated disc that resulted from a blow to the back or a fall.
There are often times when people are unable to pinpoint the exact cause of their herniated disc. Symptoms of a herniated disc depend on where the herniated disc occurred. For example, it may occur in the lower back or even the neck. Symptoms are usually noticed on one side of the body and can include:
- Leg or arm pain- Most of the pain will be felt in your thigh, calf, and buttocks if your herniated disc is in your lower back. Sometimes pain can also be felt in part of the foot. If the herniated disc is in your neck, you may feel arm and shoulder pain that may sometimes shoot into your leg or arm when coughing or sneezing. Pain is normally felt as burning or sharp.
- Tingling or numbness- Herniated discs may cause tingling or numbness in the parts of the body where the affected nerves are located.
- Weakness- Muscles in the affected area can weaken, which can cause a person to stumble or not be able to hold or lift items.
Chiropractic Care for Herniated Discs
We provide hands-on manipulation and adjustments for patients that have herniated discs. Using gentle precision, our chiropractors gently adjust the spine to take the pressure off of the nerve. This normally results in immediate relief from the pain associated with a herniated disc. In addition, adjustments to the spine are known to restore proper nerve communications and decrease inflammation.
Contact Us for Pain Relief from Our Midtown Chiropractors
If you are suffering from a herniated disc, our professional staff is here to provide the care you need for relief. Our chiropractors are dedicated to helping our patients find natural relief so they can return to living pain-free lives. So, give us a call here at Rockefeller Health & Medical in Midtown to schedule an appointment with a chiropractor today. We look forward to finding the treatment that best fits your needs.