If you’re dealing with a painful back injury, you may be wondering if you have a herniated or bulging disc. While this injury can be frustrating, it is treatable. At Chaney Chiropractic Clinic, our chiropractor is here to help you recover from herniated and bulging discs.
What Is a Herniated Disc?
In between each of the vertebrae that make up the spine, there are small, soft cushions, known as discs. These discs have a tough exterior with a soft, squishy interior.
As your spine bends and moves to accommodate your actions throughout the day, the discs cushion your vertebrae so that the bones do not rub against each other and cause pain.
Sometimes, these discs become injured, which can cause pain and other symptoms. When a bulging disc occurs, the soft goo inside of the disc has pushed the tough exterior of the disc, but has not quite broken through.
When a disc is herniated, the soft goo on the inside of the disc has torn through the tough exterior. Symptoms tend to be worse from a herniated disc than a bulging disc.
Discs have a tendency to break down with age, and sometimes disc injuries occur as a natural part of the aging process. Disc injuries also occur due to repetitive motion, or due to lifting heavy objects without proper form.
Being overweight or obese adds to the likelihood of a person experiencing a disc injury, as extra weight puts extra pressure on the spine.
Herniated Disc Symptoms
If you have a herniated disc, it’s likely that you’re experiencing pain near the disc, as the herniated material presses on a nearby nerve. This pain may radiate to the extremities.
Treatment of Herniated Disc Symptoms
Chiropractic care is an excellent option for treating a herniated disc. Spinal alignment can help to bring vertebrae back into their proper places, resulting in a relief of pressure on the disc. Often, this is all that is needed to allow the healing process to begin.
Other therapies may be recommended to relieve your herniated disc pain, including corrective exercise, lifestyle changes, and hot and cold therapy.
Call Our Chiropractor
Do you think you may be dealing with a herniated or bulging disc? It’s important to seek chiropractic care as soon as possible, before the disc injury gets worse. Call us here at Chaney Chiropractic Clinic in Beverly Hills at (352) 270-8869, or our Spring Hill location at (352) 686-6385. We look forward to helping you heal your injury.