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What You Need to Know About Herniated Discs May 15, 2017

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What You Need to Know About Herniated Discs, West Adams, Colorado

Many people are familiar with the term herniated disc but aren’t always sure what it means. A herniated disc refers to a disc (a cushion between the bones of the spine called vertebrae) in which the tougher outer surface has torn and the softer inner fluid begins to leak.  This can irritate the spinal nerves and cause pain, weakness, and numbness. Although the condition has severe symptoms and causes lack of mobility and function, there are several ways in which it can be treated through Chiropractic care.  

What Causes a Herniated Disc?

herniated discA herniated disc is caused by injury or the gradual weakening of the vertebrae. As you age, your vertebrae become less flexible, which makes them more prone to rupture. This can happen while lifting heavy objects or twisting the spine. Most herniated discs occur in the lower back or neck. If you experience numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness in your leg or arm, you may have sciatica, or a pinched nerve caused by a herniated disc.

How Is This Condition Treated? 

Some people only use basic treatment for a herniated disc, such as ibuprofen, muscle relaxers, or cortisone injections to reduce swelling. Yet, a Doctor of Chiropractic is recommended to help correct the problem and assist in the healing process. Surgery is rarely needed; however, if your symptoms don’t subside or you continue to have trouble standing or walking, a surgeon can remove the part of the disc that is pinching the surrounding nerves.  


At Back to Life Chiropractic in Thornton, CO, chiropractors treat everything from sports injuries to herniated discs and sciatica, using a wide range of treatments. If you think you may have a herniated disc, schedule a diagnostic test with your physician. Then, visit the team at Back to Life Chiropractic for spine manipulation, massage therapy, and adjustments to help manage your symptoms and promote healing. For more information, call (303) 457-2040 or visit the practice online.

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