Hiatal Hernia Treatment in West Bloomfield, MI
Any time a portion of your internal organs pushes into another area where it doesn’t belong, it’s known as a hernia. The hiatus is the opening of the diaphragm where the esophagus passes into the stomach. A hiatal hernia occurs when the upper portion of the stomach protrudes into the chest cavity through the hiatus. This type of hernia can cause pain and discomfort, but the good news is there is hiatal hernia treatment that is effective and non-invasive.
What are the Symptoms of a Hiatal Hernia?
Many people with a hiatal hernia never experience symptoms, and so will never know they have one. Others, particularly those with large hiatal hernias, will experience heartburn, chest pain, or shortness of breath. A severe hiatal hernia can cause vomiting.
There are two types of hiatal hernias: sliding, which is when the stomach and section of the esophagus slide up into the chest, and paraesophageal, which is when part of the stomach squeezes through the hiatus and sits next to the esophagus. This type of hiatal hernia is more dangerous because the blood supply to the stomach can be cut off.
What Causes a Hiatal Hernia?
The cause of most hiatal hernias is unknown, although it’s seen more often in people with larger hiatal openings, pregnant women – because there’s increased pressure on the abdomen – or people who are obese. Straining during a bowel movement or vigorous coughing can be contributing factors.
They occur more often in women, people over 50, and people who are overweight.
How are Hiatal Hernias Treated?
The diagnosis of a hernia can be frightening. Most people wrongly believe surgery is the only viable treatment. Your chiropractor can help eliminate the discomfort caused by a hiatal hernia and prevent it from worsening. Using a hands-on approach, he or she will exert pressure on the abdomen to gently move the stomach back to its natural position underneath the diaphragm.
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