Treatment and Evaluation of Herniated Discs
Herniated discs can occur after many different types of traumas. After a motor vehicle accident, herniated discs are commonly diagnosed due to the high force generated from a car on car collision. Spinal discs exist to absorb gravitational and other stressful forces acting upon the spinal column. When these forces are too great for the spine to handle, the disc will herniate or leave the boundaries formed by the spinal segment above and below. This process generates neck pain and low back pain because our nerves exit the spinal column very close to these discs. Any pressure put on a nerve can cause pain, decreased sensation, numbness, tingling in the hands or feet, decreased function and muscle spasm. Most people will report feeling an electricity like pain traveling down their arms or legs when they have a herniated disc. Does this sound like you? Don’t worry, your West New York chiropractor is here to help!
How Can Chiropractic Help My Herniated Disc?
Chiropractic has been studied and tested for over 100 years and has been proven to be effective for the treatment of herniated discs. Our West New York chiropractors have advanced training to treat the symptoms resulting from a herniated disc and also the herniated disc itself! If your West New York chiropractor believes that you have a herniated disc, they most likely will start you off with ice to reduce inflammation, electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) to reduce muscle spasm, and possibly utilize other physical therapy modalities to control symptoms. Chiropractic adjustments has been demonstrated to be both safe and effective at reducing a disc herniation. Science has demonstrated that the chiropractic adjustment helps restore motion to the spine, thus allowing the spine to regain it’s normal range of motion so that the disc can heal and move back into it’s proper alignment. Your West New York chiropractor will most-likely order and MRI to confirm that the disc is in-fact herniated. If your chiropractor believes that there is nerve involvement, a consultation with a neurologist or other medical professional may be necessary. If left untreated, a herniated disc is likely to degenerate at a quicker pace than it normally would have if treated. This can lead to degenerative disc disease, spondylosis, sciatica, radiculopathy, chronic myalgia, and much more. Once your symptoms have come under control, most patients will start some form of active treatment with our West New York physical therapist.
How Can Physical Therapy Help My Herniated Disc?
Physical therapists have advanced training in muscle strengthening, stretching, and rehabilitation. Chances are, if you have had a disc herniation you have developed muscle weakness and have loss range of motion. Our West New York physical therapists will prescribe safe, but effective exercises and stretches for you to perform both in the office and at home. It is important to always let your West New York physical therapist know how you are feeling and if an exercise or stretch reproduces pain. Our West New York physical therapists are even trained in specific protocols that have been shown to help reduce the disc herniation and promote healing when compared with other protocols.
If you are your loved ones are suffering with a disc herniation in the West New York area, please call our office. The Intrinsic team is here to help!