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Herniated Disc FAQ

Have you been experiencing backaches for the last couple of days? Is the ache painful and accompanied by tingling and numbness? If the answer is yes, you might want to be checked for a herniated disc. A herniated disc is a common condition that can affect anywhere along your spine.

Fortunately, chiropractors have been proven to treat many spine diseases, including herniated discs. So, no need to wallow in pain. At Martin Chiropractic Wellness, we treat patients with herniated discs almost daily, and we encounter many questions in our line of duty. Today, we would like to share a few frequently asked questions about herniated discs.

What is a herniated disc?

Your spine consists of tiny bones called vertebrae. Between these bones are rubbery cushions called discs that prevent the bones from crushing against one another. If one of these discs slips or falls out of place, you suffer from a herniated disc, also known as a slipped disc.

Is a bulging disc the same as a herniated disc?

No. People often think the two are the same thing, but they are different. A herniated disc occurs when there is a crack in your disc’s outer layer, while for the bulging disc, there is no crack. The disc bulges out of space, affecting a wider area than a herniated disc.

What are the causes of herniated disc?

Degeneration due to age is the most common cause of herniated disc. As you age, the discs naturally lose their elasticity, making the disc prone to rupture. Other causes include:

  • Repetitive movements
  • Traumatic injury
  • Obesity
  • Genetics
  • Strain

What are the symptoms of disc herniation?

Symptoms of a herniated disc may vary from one patient to another. The most common ones include:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Arm and leg pain
  • Sharp pain near your spine
  • Muscle spasm near your spine
  • Tingling or numbness of the leg or arm

How do chiropractors help with a herniated disc?

Many patients with bulging and herniated discs prefer chiropractic treatment because it’s non-invasive. Chiropractic care doesn’t involve surgery or drugs. After a proper diagnosis, you will work with your chiropractor to develop the best treatment method. Some of the treatment methods include:

  • Spinal decompression
  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Electrical muscle stimulation
  • Massage therapy

Schedule an Appointment with Our Chiropractor for Herniated Disc Treatment 

If you have back pain due to a disc issue, you owe yourself a better life. Fortunately, you can enjoy improved mobility, less pain, and a good life with chiropractic care. At Martin Chiropractic Wellness, we treat patients in Los Angeles, Pasadena, Glendale, Eagle Rock, CA, and nearby areas. Book an appointment today for personalized treatment.

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