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Understanding and Treating Herniated Discs: A Comprehensive Guide

A herniated disc is a common spinal injury that affects many people worldwide. Let’s explore the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for herniated discs.

What is a Herniated Disc?

A herniated disc, also known as a slipped or ruptured disc, occurs when the soft inner material of a spinal disc bulges out through a tear or crack in the outer layer. This can put pressure on the spinal nerves and cause pain, numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness in the affected area. Herniated discs most commonly occur in the lower back (lumbar spine) and neck (cervical spine).

Causes of Herniated Discs

Some of the most common causes of herniated discs include:

  • Age-related degeneration
  • Trauma or injury
  • Repetitive motions
  • Obesity
  • Genetics
  • Poor posture

It’s important to note that a herniated disc can occur without any obvious cause, and sometimes it is not clear what causes it. It’s also important to remember that a herniated disc may not cause symptoms, and not all symptoms are caused by a herniated disc.

Treatment Options for Herniated Discs

Chiropractic care is a safe and effective treatment option for herniated discs. At Marchese Integrative Practice, our chiropractor treats herniated discs using a variety of techniques, including manual adjustments and spinal decompression.

Manual adjustments, also known as manual manipulation, involve the use of precise, controlled force to adjust the position of the spinal vertebrae and reduce pressure on the nerves. This can help to alleviate pain and improve mobility.

Spinal decompression is a non-surgical treatment that uses a special table to stretch the spine and create negative pressure within the disc. This can help to reduce the bulging of the disc and take pressure off the nerves. Spinal decompression can also help to promote the reabsorption of the herniated material back into the disc.

Both adjustments and decompression are safe and effective treatment options for herniated discs and can be used in combination with other therapies, such as physical therapy and exercise.

Choosing a Chiropractor

When choosing a chiropractor, it’s important to look for someone who has experience treating herniated discs.

Look for a chiropractor who:

  • Has specialized training in treating spinal injuries.
  • Uses a variety of techniques to treat herniated discs.
  • Has a good reputation in the community.
  • Offers a free exam and consultation.

A herniated disc can be a painful and debilitating injury, but with the right treatment, it is possible to find relief. If you have herniated disc, don’t hesitate to contact Marchese Integrative Practice at (718) 899-5433.