Disc injuries are common among chiropractic patients. The disc in the spine acts as a “shock absorber” and controls compressive forces to the spine. Each disc is composed of a substance that provides this cushioning and a herniated disc occurs when this substance leaks. At New Heights Chiropractic & Nutrition, we can assist in your recovery when dealing with pain from a disc injury.
Typically, nerve pain shooting down the leg is due to a disc bulge, herniated disc, or disc protrusion. Disc problems are seen in roughly 85% of the population between the ages of 20-40 and most commonly seen in men. After constant repetitive improper bending, lifting, and sitting for long hours the disc material begins to press on the nerve. The pain presents as “the straw that broke the camel’s back” and is not often due to only one incident.
When disc material presses on a nerve in the lumbar spine, pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness will be present in the leg. This type of pain can extremely interfere with activities of daily living and must be addressed as soon as symptoms start. If this condition goes untreated symptoms will get significantly worse and surgery may be the only option.
Chiropractic care should be the first line of defense if you suspect a disc herniation in order to avoid the chances of needing surgery.
Dr. Stef will provide a full evaluation to identify the best treatment for your disc injury. Chiropractic adjustments are an excellent form of treatment for this injury and the adjustment can help get your spine into proper alignment. By realigning the spine, pressure on your discs will be reduced and this can help alleviate some of the pain you are experiencing. These gentle adjustments can help you feel much better throughout the treatment.
A disc injury is often accompanied by a range of symptoms that we can treat at our office in Bensalem. You may experience all or several of the following symptoms.