Chiropractic is the best non-surgical treatment for a herniated disc. There is an intervertebral disc between each vertebra of the spine with the exception of the first two vertebrae of the neck. These discs act as a shock absorber and a shock distributor to provide flexibility.
Intervertebral discs don’t technically “slip,” but this term is often used to describe bulging, ruptured, or herniated discs. Your discs are made of the annulus fibrosus which makes up the tough outer layer of the disc and the nucleus pulposus which is the soft, gelatinous center. When trauma to the outer layer of the disc occurs, cracks can cause the material inside the disc to push out.
Multiple factors can cause a disc to herniate such as:
- Stress on the disc due to poor posture
- Physical injury
- Auto accident
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Chiropractic can address back pain and other herniated disc symptoms. At your first visit, we will do a thorough health history, a physical examination, and perform orthopedic and neurological testing. In severe cases, the doctor may order an X-ray or MRI if necessary to aid in the diagnostic process.
To treat a herniated disc, your doctor of chiropractic will develop a treatment plan that may include spinal manipulation and other techniques to ease your herniated disc symptoms. This is an individualized treatment plan that many include manual therapy, therapeutic exercises, and a flexion-distraction technique.
The flexion-distraction technique for herniated discs involves the use of a specialized table that gently “distracts” or stretches the spine. This allows the doctor to isolate the affected area while “flexing” the spine using a pumping rhythm. This is one of the most effective non-surgical treatments for a herniated disc.
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At Papillion Chiropractic our approach is simple. We believe that health is among our most valuable possessions. And while we generally meet people after they’ve lost their health, our commitment is to offer you hope and more importantly, a plan. Drs. Kurt and Tonya Boeckenhauer can begin the process of restoring your spinal health and body mechanics. Contact us!