A tear in a spinal disc can result in bulging or disc herniation, which pinches or compresses nearby spinal nerves. At Spinal Correction Centers in Dunedin, Largo, Riverview, and St. Petersburg, Florida, Stephen Steller, DC, and the other chiropractic specialists provide nonsurgical disc decompression and other treatments for herniated discs. To schedule a treatment consultation, call the office or book online today.
A herniated disc happens when one of the round, cushion-like structures that absorb shock between the vertebrae in your spine are injured during a high speed, high force impact.. This results in the inner layer of the disc (nucleus) pushing out through the outer layer (annulus) into a spinal nerve or directly into the spinal cord.
As a result, the disc and other displaced structures can compress nearby nerve roots exiting the spine. Any pain or other symptoms you experience from a herniated disc don’t come from the disc but the nerve compression.
Your chiropractor at Spinal Correction Centers pinpoints the herniated disc based on the location of your symptoms and may use state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging to assess its severity.
Herniated discs cause symptoms characteristic of any type of nerve compression. The location where the symptoms occur depends on the nerve root being compressed.
For example, compression of the sciatic nerve from a herniated disc causes radiating symptoms through your buttock and down the back of one of your legs.
You might have a herniated disc in your spine if you experience referred symptoms like:
Herniated discs in the cervical spine (neck) tend to cause symptoms in the shoulders and arms. Herniated discs in the lumbar spine (lower back) tend to cause symptoms in the legs.
Spinal Correction Centers offers individualized chiropractic care for herniated discs anywhere in the spine. After thoroughly evaluating you and locating the herniated disc, your chiropractor makes personalized recommendations of chiropractic care strategies.
One of the most effective strategies for treating a herniated disc is disc decompression. During this chiropractic adjustment, your chiropractor stretches your spine to make space between the vertebrae and lower the inner pressure of your spinal disc. This causes the bulging part of the disc to pull back into place.
You may also benefit from personalized structural correction of your spine or from massage therapy. These techniques help take pressure off compressed nerves to improve symptoms from a herniated disc.
To learn more about herniated discs and how chiropractic care treats them, call Spinal Correction Centers or book an appointment online today.