When your back is injured, you’re likely to hear the terms herniated disc, slipped disc, and ruptured disc used interchangeably. There’s a good reason for that. They all refer to the same thing. A herniated lumbar disc is a common reason for patients to visit our holistic health clinic for a chiropractic adjustment. A lumbar disc injury is very painful. That’s because a herniated disc pinches nerves and affects the spinal cord.
People between the ages of 30-50 years old are the most likely to suffer disc injuries. More than twice as many men as women suffer from the problem. There is no evidence that pharmaceutical drugs can help with a herniated disc. Traditional medical treatments that prescribe painkillers for severe back pain simply mask the symptoms. They don’t address the underlying problem. Chiropractic adjustment is much more effective at relieving local or radiating pain for people with acute back pain.
A chiropractic adjustment of the hip, sacrum, and axial traction is also the best way to treat patients with sciatica caused by disc herniation. Different chiropractic clinics many use different techniques to help the problem, but they’re all effective. The self-reported improvement from chiropractic care is similar to the two standard surgical techniques for herniated discs, discectomy and microdiscectomy.
What Causes a Herniated Disc?
A herniated disc is usually a degenerative condition brought on by wear and tear and normal aging. Over time, your discs lose moisture content and become less flexible. They can become dried up and brittle. If you perform repetitive motions at work, you can suffer a slipped disc from simple overuse. If you use improper bending, lifting or twisting motions while picking up or putting down large parcels, you’re also a candidate for a ruptured disc.
Being overweight is also a risk factor, as your stomach muscles are an important part of keeping your spine in alignment. Too much sitting, or craning your neck while working on a computer at work, are also common reasons to seek out a chiropractor for back problems. Even genetics plays a part.
Common Herniated Disc Symptoms
In addition to back pain, a herniated disc in your lower back can cause pain in your buttocks, hips, thighs and calves. You may feel pain on one side or both sides. If the problem is in your cervical vertebrae, you’re more likely to feel pain in your shoulders and arms and even in the calves. Herniated discs also cause numbness, tingling and general weakness. Typically, you’ll experience symptoms in whatever muscles and body parts served by the affected nerves.
When To Seek a Chiropractic Adjustment
If a conventional doctor diagnoses you with a herniated disc, you should make an appointment at one of our three convenient Relax Holistic locations in the Los Angeles area. It’s important to consult with one of our chiropractors or acupuncturists as soon as possible to ensure the best possible outcome. Many of our patients show up at our office with symptoms, but no diagnosis.
A Relax Holistic chiropractor or acupuncturist can assess your undiagnosed back pain and formulate an effective treatment plan. Because a herniated disc is usually found in the lumbar region or cervical region, and includes tingling and numbness along with the pain, you’ll be able to give your practitioner a head start if you pay attention to your symptoms and communicate them clearly.
Remember, at Relax Holistic, our team is here to help. We’re happy to answer all your questions about back pain relief, or any of our holistic health services. Contact us today!