The discs between spinal vertebrae consist of a thick, gel-like substance in the center that’s enclosed in a strong outer cover. This unique structure allows discs to absorb shock and support spinal movement.
Herniated discs can appear if you suffer a spinal injury. However, the problem most often occurs when disc dehydration and wear and tear cause weak spots in the outer cover.
Pressure from the vertebrae forces the inner gel out through the weakened area. This is called a bulging disc. When the cover tears, the gel leaks out. That’s when you have a herniated disc.
Herniated discs cause pain in the area of your back or neck where the damaged disc is located. The pain occurs when the disc pushes against or irritates spinal nerves or because the damaged disc allows the vertebrae to get out of alignment and pinch the nerves.
Compressed nerves cause pain and tingling in your arm or leg, depending on whether the herniated disc is in your lower back or neck. When the herniated disc is in your lower spine, you may develop sciatica and experience intense pain that shoots down one leg.
Your treatment depends on the severity of your symptoms and the extent of the damage in the disc and spine. In many cases, a herniated disc will heal on its own with support from treatments such as:
Dr. Hoyt gently stretches your spine, often using a technique called flexion-distraction. This creates space between the vertebrae, takes pressure off the nerve, and restores the flow of nutrient-rich blood.
Dr. Hoyt has years of experience performing several spinal manipulation techniques, including the Thompson and diversified techniques. These techniques realign the vertebrae, promote healing in the disc, and ease your pain.
You can take pressure off the disc and improve the long-term health of your back with customized exercises that stretch and strengthen your spine.
Good posture keeps your spine in alignment, takes pressure off the damaged disc, and promotes healing.
Casa Grande Chiropractic uses Infinity® therapeutic massage chairs to relax muscles that tighten and spasm due to the stress of a herniated disc.
If you experience back or neck pain, call Casa Grande Chiropractic or book an appointment online today.