Herniated Disc Chiropractors in Waterford, MI
A herniated disc – or slipped disc, as it’s sometimes called – is one of the most common causes of back pain and occurs when the soft inside of a disc pushes through a tear in the surface. A herniated disc can lead to pain and discomfort, ranging from mild to severe and can limit our ability to do daily activities, even something as simple as picking up a child.
While a herniated disc can lead to lifelong pain if left untreated for too long, chiropractor care can reverse the condition that led to the degeneration and alleviates the pain and discomfort.
What Causes a Herniated Disc?
A herniated disc occurs either in the lumbar spine in the lower back or in the cervical spine, which is the vertebrae that run down through the neck. Repetitive strain on the spine can cause a disc to tear, allowing the spongy tissue inside to leak out, pressing on nearby nerves.
A herniated disc most commonly results from aging. Our discs are composed of 80 percent water when we’re born, but over time the discs lose water and elasticity, making them more prone to damage.
A manual labor job that requires repetitive lifting or pushing can contribute to a herniated disc, as can contact sports or a traumatic injury such as a blow to the back. Body weight puts extra pressure on the spine, so can be a contributing factor, as can genetics.
Symptoms of a Herniated Disc
The symptoms of a herniated disc depend on the location of the damaged disc and the affected nerve. A herniated disc in the cervical spine – the vertebrae that run down the neck – will be felt in weakness, pain, numbness or tingling through the shoulder and arm and even into the fingertips.
If the damaged disc is in the lumbar spine in the lower back, the pain will be felt through the buttocks, and down the legs and even into the feet.
Seeking treatment early for a herniated disc is crucial to avoiding potentially long-or even lifelong discomfort.
Herniated disc chiropractors can determine the location and cause of the injury. And chiropractic treatment such as spinal manipulation can relieve the pressure on the disc, helping to alleviate the irritation on the nearby nerve.
Let Drs. Adam and Amanda Apfelblat help bring you better health and a better way of life through chiropractic wellness care by calling and making an appointment today.