If you have ever had a back injury, you know how painful it can be. Did you know that one of the most common causes of back pain is a herniated disc? We would like to look at what a disc herniation is, what causes it, and how it can be treated. If you suspect you have a herniated disc and live in or around Klamath Falls, contact Advanced Chiropractic to schedule an appointment with one of our chiropractors.
What is a Herniated Disc and What Causes It?
A herniated disc is a medical term used to describe a condition where the outer layer of the spinal disc tears, allowing the inner gel-like material to bulge out. Many factors can contribute to a herniated disc, including:
- Age: As we get older, our discs become less flexible and more prone to tearing
- Injury: A sudden impact or twist can cause a disc to tear
- Poor posture: Sitting or standing in the same position for long periods can put stress on the discs
- Excessive weight: Carrying around excess weight can create additional pressure on the spine
- Repetitive motions: Doing the same thing over and over can cause wear and tear on the discs
- Improper lifting: When you lift something incorrectly, you can put stress on your back
- Smoking: Smoking can damage the discs and make them more prone to tearing
Symptoms of a Herniated Disc
If the disc bulges out far enough, it can put pressure on the nerves in the spine, which can cause:
- Back pain: This is the most common symptom and can range from a mild ache to severe pain
- Numbness or tingling: This can occur in the hands, feet, or legs
- Weakness: You may experience weakness in the arms or legs
- Difficulty walking: If the herniated disc is creating pressure on the nerves in the spinal cord, you may have difficulty walking
Chiropractic Care for Herniated Discs
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of a herniated disc, it is important to see a chiropractor right away. We will perform a complete assessment to determine whether you have this condition and if so, we will create a customized treatment plan. The plan may include chiropractic adjustments, exercises, massage therapy, spinal decompression, and lifestyle changes.
Contact Advanced Chiropractic in Klamath Falls, OR
A herniated disc can be a painful condition, but our chiropractors can help. If you are experiencing back pain, numbness or tingling, or weakness, contact Advanced Chiropractic in Klamath Falls for an assessment with one of our chiropractors. Call our team today at (541) 273-5433 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.