Chiropractic Help for a Herniated Disc
A herniated disc can cause you great pain. A herniated disc causes irritation and inflammation that irritates the nerve, causing both local pain in your back and referred pain in your extremities. You will find help for your disc issues at the Transformation Wellness Center LLC located in Grand Junction, CO. Our comprehensive approach will bring you healing and relief.
What Is a Herniated Disc?
The discs in your spine are located between each vertebra. They provide a cushion for your spine and act like a shock absorber as you move around. Your discs are made of two main parts, the inner soft gel and the outer hard shell. A herniated disc occurs when the inner soft gel pushes through the outer wall leading to it’s potential for shrinkage and irritation to the nerves above or below it.
As we age, our discs become less flexible. This increases the risk of the inner gel of the disc to be forced through the outer wall. Poor lifting techniques (especially with twisting) can put undue pressure on our discs causing them to tear. This is especially true if our work routine calls for constant bending, twisting, and lifting.
Tip: Always perform lifting with your leg muscles instead of your back muscles. You can accomplish this by bending your legs, keeping the object close to your body, and keeping your back straight. Do not twist your back as you lift.
What Are Some Herniated Disc Symptoms?
The following are some herniated disc symptoms that many people suffer:
- Pain: A herniated disc in your neck can create pain in your shoulders and arm. Certain movements may cause an intense pain to radiate down an arm or leg. If the herniated disc is located in your lower back, the pain will normally occur in your buttocks, thighs, or calves
- Muscle weakness: If the herniated disc is pushing up against a nerve, then communication between your muscles and brain will be hampered. This will cause muscle weakness.
- Tingling and numbness: Nerve impingement caused by a herniated disc can also cause tingling and numbness in the areas served by the pinched nerve.
Receiving Help from a Skilled Chiropractor
A skilled chiropractor can gently manipulate the joints effecting your herniated discs. This can alleviate your pain and allow tense muscles to relax. This will also reduce inflammation irritated your nerves. Massage therapies and therapeutic exercises also help relieve pain-causing inflammation and help improve joint and muscle integrity.
A Comprehensive Exam and Proper Treatment Plan Are the First Steps to Recovery
Dr. Jordheim and her staff at Transformation Wellness Center LLC in Grand Junction, CO, are here to help you find the relief you deserve. Make an appointment with us today and begin your journey to recovery.