A herniated disc often goes by other names — pinched nerve, ruptured disc, torn disc — but essentially, it refers to a break in the outer wall of the soft discs that connect the vertebrae of the spine. These discs, which help to cushion, protect and provide flexibility to the spinal bones, enclose a gel-like fluid that begins to leak out when the spinal disc experiences a tear. The gel then comes in contact with sensitive nerve endings and causes a pinching sensation that may radiate out into various areas of the body, causing pain, numbness and general discomfort.
Is There More Than One Type of Herniated Disc?
Disc herniation usually occurs in the lumbar, or lower back, region of the body. It can, however also affect the neck or mid-back. When herniation occurs in the lower back, the associated pain typically extends down the length of the leg. This is known as Sciatica. When herniation occurs in the neck, cervical, region of the body, pain is normally felt in the shoulder and down to the arm and fingers. Herniation rarely occurs in the mid-back, or thoracic, region but when it does, pain may be felt in the upper back and, sometimes, it may radiate out to the chest and stomach. If the spinal fluid from a herniated disc in the thoracic region pushes out onto the nerve endings, it may cause spinal cord dysfunction.
A herniated disc can cause a lot of pain and a number of neurological problems. Whether the herniation occurs in the back, neck or chest area, symptoms are all quite similar. The only differences are the areas of the body where the pain is felt most acutely. Some of the most common symptoms are numbness, a tingling sensation, weakness and loss of mobility. If the herniation occurs in the lumbar or thoracic regions, it can cause general instability or loss of balance and bladder control.
Treatment Options From Our Chiropractor
One of the best aspects of chiropractic treatment, as opposed to traditional medicine, is its avoidance of surgical intervention as much as possible. In some extreme cases, surgery may be preferable, but most of the time, the best-herniated disc treatment is an all-natural, physically immersive and hands-on chiropractic adjustment. In addition to avoiding the drugs and painkillers that are necessary for surgical procedures, chiropractic adjustments allow the body to heal in an organic, intuitive way which works much better for long-term wellness and maintenance. With a combination of manual spinal manipulations and spinal decompression, our chiropractor offers treatment that not only heals but also helps patients to build the strength and flexibility to lead healthy, active lives.
Our chiropractor, Dr. Quinn W. Uzelman, is passionate about the benefits of the chiropractic lifestyle. Through our website and office, we do our best to educate and support patients in their quest for a more holistic way of living and maintaining wellness.
Call us today at (615) 661-4101 and we’d love to answer any questions you may have about what chiropractic care can do for your health or to schedule your first appointment.