Herniated disc: non-invasive treatment

by | Jun 16, 2024 | chiropractic

A herniated disc is a common condition that affects the spine and can cause severe pain, limited movement, and, in some cases, neurological symptoms such as paresthesia or muscle weakness.

This condition occurs when part of the intervertebral disc shifts out of its normal position, pressing on nearby nerve roots. Chiropractic, known for its non-invasive approach to treating musculoskeletal disorders, offers a promising alternative for managing and alleviating symptoms associated with a herniated disc.

What is a herniated disc

The spine is made up of vertebrae, between which lie the intervertebral discs. These discs act as cushions, providing flexibility and absorbing impacts during physical activities or our daily movements. A herniated disc occurs when the gel-like material (nucleus pulposus) inside a disc breaks through a weakened area of the fibrous outer ring, causing a protrusion or herniation disc.

Symptoms of a herniated disc includes intense pain in the affected area, which can extend to the extremities if the herniation is in the lumbar or cervical spine. Paresthesias in the extremities due to nerve compression; muscle weakness and limitation in the range of motion, especially when bending or twisting the torso.

Chiropractic in the treatment of herniated disc

Chiropractic offers a treatment for herniated disc focused on improving the mechanical function of the spine and reducing the pressure on the affected discs and nerves through spinal adjustments to restore vertebral alignment and improve mobility.

These chiropractic adjustments can help reduce pressure on the herniated disc and decrease the compression of nerve roots.