Health Issue Highlight: Herniated Disc

While most back and neck pain is minor and can be alleviated with regular chiropractic adjustments, some back and neck pain can be attributed to a herniated disc, which is a more severe problem. Herniated discs occur when the rubber pad that supports the spinal disc slips out of place. Often times, the disc presses up against a nerve, which can lead to minor or excruciating pain. A disc can herniate by stretching or moving the wrong way.

What is a Herniated Disc?

Between the vertebrate in your spine, there are little discs that serve as shocks for your spine that are soft and gel-like in the center. Sometimes, these soft centers can push to one side and even rupture the disc. This is referred to as a herniated disc.

Common Causes

Wear and tear, repetitive movements, lifting the wrong way, injury, obesity, and genetics.

Treatment

Through focused chiropractic adjustments, Dr. Laura will gently use low force techniques to relieve the painful symptoms by manipulating your spice around the disc that is bulging or herniated. Using cervical or lumbar traction machines can also aid in helping to open the joints of the spine up to task pressure off the disc and allow for the bulge/herniation to absorb back to where it needs to be.

Prevention – Quick Tips!

  • Practice good posture – standing and sitting straight and keeping your back straight when lifting.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes!
  • If you sit, get out of our chair every 20 – 25 minutes to go for a quick walk.
  • Talk to Dr. Laura about exercises to strengthen your back and stomach/core.

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