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A herniated disc, sometimes called a slipped disc or a ruptured disc, is a spine problem that causes pain in the neck, lower back, arms or legs. Herniated discs, sometimes spelled “disks,” can cause significant dysfunction that prevents someone from working, going to school or taking care of a family.
Fortunately, our chiropractors offer chiropractic care for herniated disc to patients living in a number of areas, including Clermont, Davenport, Oakland, Montverde, Minneola, Kissimmee, Groveland, Mascotte, Windermere, Four Corners, Leesburg and Winter Garden, FL.
There are 24 bones of the spine, known as vertebrae, stacked on top of one another like a deck of cards. This configuration allows for a great deal of motion in the spine and allows a person to bend, twist and move in a variety of ways.
The bones of the spinal column form a canal to protect the spinal cord, which is a bundle of nerves that runs from the brain to the rest of the body. Various nerves emerge from small holes in the spinal column to reach the arms, legs and other parts of the body. Pressure on these nerves sends pain signals to the brain.
Between each vertebra is a rubbery disc that acts as a shock-absorbing cushion to protect the vertebrae and spinal column. The discs also prevent the bones of the spine from grinding against each other, pinching the nerves.
A herniated disc starts when the gooey interior of the disc, known as the nucleus, presses against the outer surface of the disc. This pressure causes pain.
Normal wear-and-tear can lead to a herniated disc, as can a sudden injury. The jelly-like center of the disc may even squeeze all the way through the rubbery outer coating of discs that are especially worn or traumatized by injury. Back pain may subside once the nucleus breaks through but the gooey substance may irritate nearby nerves to cause sciatic pain, numbness or weakness running down one or both legs.
A chiropractor provides safe and effective treatment for herniated disc. Chiropractic care always starts with a thorough evaluation that includes gathering a medical history, performing a physical examination and assessing the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. X-rays and MRIs are helpful diagnostic imaging tools.
A chiropractor performs a variety of conservative treatments, such as spinal manipulation that optimizes the position of vertebrae and therapeutic exercises that promote proper posture and healing. These conservative chiropractic treatments often prevent the need for more aggressive treatment for herniated disc, including surgery.
Chiropractic care can also reduce the risk for herniated disc or prevent them from rupturing completely and becoming worse. Staying physically active and using proper body mechanics, as instructed by a chiropractor, can help.
If you think you are suffering from a herniated disc, call Dr. Kurt Michaux to schedule an appointment. With 10 years of experience, he knows this spinal problem can lead to discomfort. Contact Michaux Family Chiropractic today at 352-243-7300!