A herniated or bulging disc is a common injury to the vertebrae in the spine. This happens when one of the discs that sits between the bones of the spine is damaged and then presses on the nerves. When this happens it causes pain in the back and neck as well as symptoms such as numbness, tingling, or weakness in other areas of the body like the arms, hands, or even the feet. A herniated disc does not always show signs or symptoms until the condition impinges on a nerve exiting the spinal column and then the pain becomes present. Depending on the location of the herniation on the spine, it can cause excruciating pain, loss of range of motion, and other adverse effects that cannot and should not be ignored.
As mentioned, the symptoms of a herniated disc don’t always show up until the nerve is impinged. However, if the herniation is large enough, the disc tissue can press down on the adjacent spinal nerves causing shooting pain. Usually, the pain will occur on one side of the body. Other common symptoms include:
Dr. Weddle’s approach to treatment offers chiropractic, active release techniques, and spinal decompression for long lasting relief from herniated discs. First, the herniation is confirmed through an exam and then a full treatment plan will be designed for you. This plan can involve any variety of treatment options or even a combination of several. Some of these treatments can include spinal adjustments, physical therapy exercises, and more. In any case of herniation, it is recommended that proper rest be taken to avoid reinjuring the disc. Contact the office to discuss your current situation and take the steps needed to relieve the pain of a herniated disc.
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