Slipped (Herniated) Disc Injury Treatment from a Chiropractor
Back pain is one of the most common reasons why people seek the assistance of a trained chiropractor. If you are suffering from back pain, there is a chance that you may have suffered something called a herniated disc. Also called a disc injury this takes place when one or more of the cushions between the vertebrae and your spine rupture. As a result, your vertebrae collapse on each other, leading to back pain. What is this injury and how does it happen? There are a few ways a chiropractor can help you with the treatment process.
What Is a Slipped Disc?
Your spinal column has multiple bones stacked on top of one another. These bones provide your spine with a significant amount of versatility and flexibility. When bones rub against each other, they produce inflammation and friction, leading to pain. There are small cushions that separate the vertebrae in your back, preventing this from happening.
Occasionally, these liquid-filled discs can rupture. The liquid inside them can spill out, leading to discomfort. The most common location for a herniated disc to take place is between either L3 and L4 or L4 and L5. When this happens, the liquid that spilled out of these disks coats the nerves in your back. This leads to electrical, shock-like pain. The exact location of this pain can vary depending on the location of a herniated disc. If this herniated disc takes place in the lumbar region of your back, you may notice shooting, stabbing pains that travel down one or both of your legs.
You may also notice:
- This pain can get worse with certain movements
- Your legs might feel weak
- You may notice this pain gets worse after you sit or stand
Why does this injury happen?
Why Does a Slipped Disc Happen?
A slipped disc takes place when the inner portion is allowed to slip out. Usually, this happens due to old age. There are also certain motions that could increase the chances of someone suffering a herniated disc. In general, people should try to avoid twisting, turning, or jerking in order to lift an object. When people say they should lift with the legs instead of the back, the goal is to prevent a back injury from taking place, including a herniated disc.
In addition, individuals who are overweight or obese are also at a greater risk of suffering a slipped disc. When someone leads a sedentary lifestyle, the muscles in the back begin to weaken. As a result, the spinal discs do not have as much support as they should.
How Can One Prevent a Slipped Disc Injury?
There are a few ways that someone can prevent a slipped disc from taking place. These include:
- Always bend and lift using the legs, not the back
- Individuals should exercise on a regular basis to maintain a healthy weight and keep the back muscles strong
- Always stretch before physical activity
If someone does suffer a slipped disc, a chiropractor can be helpful.
How Does a Chiropractor Treat a Slipped Disc?
Individuals commonly believe they need surgery to correct a herniated disc. Fortunately, this is not always the case. A chiropractor can effectively treat a slipped disc. Chiropractors can use adjustments to make sure the vertebrae are in proper alignment. Then, a chiropractor can also use something called traction therapy to restore the amount of space between the vertebrae in the back.
Using traction therapy, the spinal column will be stretched slightly. The goal is to alleviate pressure on the nerves in the back, which would otherwise lead to discomfort. It is possible for someone to require multiple sessions of traction therapy in order to complete the treatment process.
If you believe you have suffered a herniated disc, you should work with an experienced chiropractor. With manual therapy, you may be able to avoid side effects and complications while treating your injury effectively.
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