Disc Herniation Treatment at Victory Rehab Chiropractic Clinic
The treatment of disc herniation is a common condition that the chiropractic doctors at Victory Rehab specialize in. A herniated disc refers to a problem with one of the rubbery cushions between the bones of your spine. The spinal disc is like a jelly donut, with a soft center encased within a tougher exterior. A slipped disc or ruptured disc occurs when some of the softer jelly pushes out through a crack in the tougher exterior. As the disc degenerates the soft inner gel can leak out of the disc and push against the spinal nerves causing pain, numbness, weakness, or burning. Disc herniation is most often the result of a gradual, again-related wear and tear called disc degeneration. As you age your spinal discs lose some of their water content. That makes them less flexible and more prone to tearing or rupturing with even a minor strain or twist.
Most people have a hard time pinpointing the exact cause of their herniated disc. Sometimes using your back muscles instead of your leg and thigh muscles to lift large, heavy objects can cause a disc herniation. Chiropractic treatment for a herniated disc can vary greatly. At your initial chiropractic appointment at Victory Rehab, your doctor will go through your medical history, do a physical exam, and perform orthopedic and neurological tests.
To treat a herniated disc, your chiropractor will develop a treatment plan that may include spinal manipulation or “adjustments”, manual therapy, and therapeutic exercises. The specifics of your treatment plan with a herniated disc are particular to your pain, level of activity, overall health and what your chiropractor concludes is best after your initial examination. To see what your first visit will look like at Victory Rehab, click the “first visit video” so gain an idea of what to expect from Dr. Tom or Dr. Chris.