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Posted on 04-13-2017
The 33 discs in the back are like building blocks. They're stacked on top of each other with bones in between. Sometimes, the discs are altered for one reason or another, which disturbs the alignment of them and can even cause pain. A herniated disc is one example of a condition that affects the spine. However, a chiropractor has the ability to assist those who suffer from a herniated disc.
A herniated disc occurs when one of the discs in the spine bulges. In some cases, the disc will rupture and split open, which allows the contents of it to spill into the spinal region.
Most people don't even realize they have a herniated disc because it usually doesn't cause pain or any symptoms at all. Those who develop a herniated disc as a result of an injury may have pain.
A person may experience leg or arm pain as a result of a herniated disc. The condition also may cause tingling or numbness in the parts of the body affected by the nerves that are affected by herniated disc. Weakness is possible because of the muscles affected by the nerves.
Surgery is one option, but it isn't always necessary. In fact, in some cases, a surgeon will operate on the disc and correct the issue, and the patient will still be in pain after the surgery because the pain arose for another reason. A chiropractor can perform what's known as spinal decompression. This particular treatment is conducted using traction. The motorized traction helps to stretch the spine, which can take the pressure off of the damaged disc. Physical therapy may help as well. Certain exercises have the ability to relieve pressure on the herniated disc.
To learn more about what a herniated disc is or to schedule an appointment to find relief from one, contact us at Marron Wellness Center in Shrewsbury, NJ at 732-542-1272.
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