Our Jacksonville Chiropractor Provides Natural Treatment for Herniated Discs
Herniated discs are a common cause of back pain and other symptoms. Our Jacksonville chiropractor has worked with hundreds of men and women struggling with dysfunction related to this condition, and he would be happy to help you, too!
Herniated vs. Bulging Discs
Your spinal discs absorb forces, reduce friction, and maintain joint space in the spine. A disc has two basic parts: the inner gel-like fluid called nucleus pulposus and the outer cartilaginous layer called the annulus fibrosis.
When a disc herniates, the annulus fibrosis tears and the nucleus pulposus leaks out. This is different than a disc bulge, wherein the pulposus simply moves out of place but does not actually break through the outer layer. Both bulges and discs can present similarly. "Slipped" disc, on the other hand, is just a misnomer for either herniated or bulging disc.
Causes & Symptoms of Disc Herniations
Disc herniations can happen for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it can happen due to some sort of acute trauma, such as a car accident, awkward lift, or slip and fall. In other cases, disc herniations can occur like "the straw that broke the camel's back," in that it presents seemingly "out of the blue" following a history of poor posture and other common stresses to the spine.
When a disc herniates, back pain and stiffness at the level of the disc can occur. The muscles over the injured disc may become tense and tender as they try to stabilize and overcompensate for the injury. If the herniated disc is impinging on a nearby spinal nerve root, additional symptoms related to nerve compression can occur, including numbness, tingling, pain, and weakness in the limb innervated by that nerve.
Why You Should See our Jacksonville Chiropractor for Herniated Disc Treatment
Herniated discs are sometimes managed surgically, but usually only after conservative measures have been attempted first. Our Jacksonville chiropractor offers non-invasive methods to heal an injured disc so that symptoms improve and nerve compression is alleviated. He does this through a variety of services, including spinal decompression/traction, stabilization exercises, and even nutritional counseling to promote healing at the cellular level.
If indicated, he can refer you to other healthcare professionals, too, and may use diagnostic imaging to confirm your condition.
Are You Wondering if Your Symptoms Are Related to a Herniated Disc? Contact Our Jacksonville Chiropractor Today for Help
If you believe your uncomfortable symptoms are related to a herniated disc, then contact our Jacksonville chiropractor at Amazing Spine Care to find out what non-invasive and drug-free care can do you for you. Call (904) 701-3916 now to schedule an appointmet.