Herniated Disc Treatment Questions and Answers
Herniated disc can cause a lot of discomfort and pain. The medical professionals at Back Pain & Joint Center can provide you with a higher level of care for your condition in Conroe, TX. For more information, please call us or request an appointment online.
The skeletal system is a complex structure composed of bones, the body’s framework. The spine, or backbone, is one of the most complex and sensitive parts of this system and is composed of over 30 individual vertebrae that encase the spinal cord and protect it from external trauma. Between these vertebrae are intervertebral discs that act as cushions. When placed under too much pressure, these discs can herniate, which is when the soft interior protrudes from the rubbery exterior.
What is a herniated disc?
A herniated disc, also referred to as a bulged, slipped or ruptured disc, is a fragment of the inside of the disc that is pushed out of the exterior and into the spinal canal. Discs that become herniated are usually already subjected to degeneration. Herniated discs can occur in any part of the spine and often irritate nearby nerves. Depending on its location, a herniated disc can result in pain, numbness or weakness in an arm or leg. Oftentimes, people with a herniated disc do not have any symptoms. Surgery is usually not necessary to provide relief.
What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?
The symptoms of a herniated disc are different depending on where it occurred:
Lumbar Spine (Lower Back) — Herniated discs in the lower back can put pressure on one or several nerves that affect the sciatic nerve and can cause:
- Tingling and numbness
- Sharp or shock-like pain
- Severe pain when standing, sitting or walking
- Pain that worsens when straightening the leg on the affected side
Cervical Spine (Neck) — When a herniated disc occurs in the cervical spine, it can result in unpleasant symptoms that affect the neck. These may include:
- Dull or sharp pain in the neck
- Dull or sharp pain between the shoulder blades
- Pain that radiates down the arm to hands
- Numbness or tingling in the shoulder or arm
- Pain that increases with certain positions or movements of the neck
Can a herniated disc heal without surgery?
Yes, a herniated disc can heal without surgery. The vast majority of herniated discs can be treated without surgery using such techniques as manual therapy and exercise or with IDD Therapy disc treatment. It is only a small percentage of cases of herniated discs which require surgery for relief.
Can a chiropractor fix a herniated disc?
Chiropractors are experienced in treating herniated discs and can help patients make a full recovery. However, some patients are not good candidates for certain types of chiropractic care treatments, such as patients with:
- Cauda equina syndrome (a condition in which bowel/bladder incontinence occurs with an accompanying intervertebral disc injury)
- Advanced loss of strength, sensation, reflexes, and other abnormal neurological findings, (they will likely refer patients with these symptoms to a spine surgeon)
However, most intervertebral disc injuries are related to a herniated disc, and a chiropractor can provide various treatment options to address the pain and other associated symptoms. To treat a herniated disc, a chiropractor will develop a treatment plan that may include chiropractic techniques such as spinal manipulation (also known as adjustments) to help ease herniated disc symptoms. All treatment plans are individualized to better meet the needs of the patient, and it often includes manual therapy and therapeutic exercises.
If you or someone you love has a herniated disc, come to Back Pain & Joint Center of Texas. Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in treating herniated discs and can help you find relief from your symptoms. Call us today at (936) 215-6918 to book an appointment, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 2510 South Loop 336 West, Suite 245, Conroe, TX 77304. Back Pain & Joint Center of Texas is open on Monday to Thursday from 9 AM to 6 PM. We serve patients from Conroe TX, Montgomery TX, Panorama Village TX, Willis TX, The Woodlands TX, and Cleveland TX. Looking forward to serve you!