Chiropractic Treatment for Herniated Discs
What is a herniated disc?
Discs are the cushion like material found between the bones of the back. Together they make up the spinal column which provides mobility and function to the human body. The spinal column also protects the web of nerves that travel down the back and throughout the body to vital organs. A bulging or herniated disc happens when the discs are injured through a trauma or degeneration. Injuries to the disc can cause the disc to bulge or burst. Pain will be felt in the area controlled by the nerve and the areas or organs that the nerve serves. Most disc injuries do not require surgery and can be treated with conservative chiropractic and/or physical therapy.
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Chiropractic treatment for Herniated Dics may include:
- Spinal adjustments
- Manual manipulation
- Flextion Distraction table to gently stretch the affected area
- Stretching exercises
- Cold Laser therapy
Depending on the severity of symptoms of the possible disc injury a MRI may be ordered to get a clear understanding type and position of the disc injury.
Optilife chiropractors may refer patients with severe herniated discs to an orthopedic spine specialists for consultation and treatment.
Theraputic Treatments for Herniated Discs
In addition to manual spinal manipulations, there are several therapies that are designed to reduce inflamation and pain caused by a herniated disc
Cold Laser & Physical Therapy
Cold Laser and physical therapy treatments are used as therapeutic options in treating a herniated disc. Cold Laser treatments help to reduce inflamation and promote the healing process. Physical therapies are used to stretch and strengthen muscle groups which will support proper alignment of the spine.
Active massage therapy and stretching helps to reduce muscle inflamation while strenghtening and elongating muscles. The Graston technique is a soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to treat problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. Strong flexible muscles help to hold chiropractic adjustments.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulators (TENS). TENS units feature electrodes placed over the painful area of the back. The patient alerts the theapist how to control the intensity of electrical stimulation based on their level of comfort. The muscle stimulation helps block the transmission of pain signals along the nerves and releases endorphins reducing pain.
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