A herniated disk is a problem with one of the rubbery cushions (disks) that sit between the individual bones (vertebrae) that stack to make your spine. A spinal disk has a soft, jellylike center (nucleus) encased in a tougher, rubbery exterior (annulus). When too much pressure is placed on the disc, it bulges or herniates. Sometimes called a slipped disk or a ruptured disk, a herniated disk occurs when some of the nuclei push out through a tear in the annulus.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF A HERNIATED DISC?
Signs and symptoms depend on where the disk is situated and whether the disk is pressing on a nerve. They usually end up affecting one side of the body. Common symptoms of a herniated disc include: Electric, Stabbing, Shooting or Burning Pain Tingling or Numbness Muscle Weakness Arm or Leg Pain
WHAT CAUSES THESE SYMPTOMS? Disk herniation is most often the result of gradual, aging-related wear and tear called disk degeneration. As you age, your disks become less flexible and more prone to tearing or rupturing with even a minor strain or twist. When the herniated disc ruptures and pushes out, the nerves may become pinched.
There are a few factors that can increase your risk of a herniated disk:
Smoking; Smoking is known to lessen the oxygen supply to the disk, meaning the disk can break more easily.
Weight; Excess body weight over-stresses the disks in your lower back.
Genetics; Some people inherit a predisposition to developing a herniated disk.
Occupation; Repetitive pulling, lifting, pushing, bending sideways and twisting also can increase your risk of a herniated disk. In summary, people with physically demanding jobs involving some kind of heavy/repetitive activities have a greater risk of developing back problems.
Schedule a consultation with our Medical staff to correctly diagnose and formulate a proper treatment protocol that heals the disc and gets you back on your feet. One of the most effective treatments is Spinal Decompression. This, combined with a Rehabilitation program, cold laser therapy, and chiropractic adjustments could effectively control the pain and begin the healing process for the disc. Our Medical staff also has the ability to perform Epidural/Facet Block injections if necessary right in our office.
The Dynamic Approach for the treatment of Herniated or a Bulging Disc, begin with a complete wellness exam with diagnostic X-rays. Once diagnosed, our proven treatment options may also include:
- Spinal Decompression
- Cold Laser Therapy
- Trigger Point Therapy
- PRP Injections
- Epidural/Facet Blocks
- Rehabilitation Therapy
- Massage Therapy
Herniated discs are a medical condition affecting the spine due to trauma, lifting injuries, or idiopathic, in which a tear in the outer, fibrous ring of an intervertebral disc allows the soft, central portion to bulge out beyond the damaged outer rings. Tears are almost always postero-lateral in nature owing to the presence of the posterior longitudinal ligament in the spinal canal.
This tear in the disc ring may result in the release of inflammatory chemical mediators which may directly cause severe pain, even in the absence of nerve root compression. Disc herniations are normally a further development of a previously existing disc “protrusion”, a condition in which the outermost layers of the annulus fibrosus are still intact, but can bulge when the disc is under pressure. In contrast to a herniation, none of the nucleus pulposus escapes beyond the outer layers.