Experiencing Spinal Herniation or Radiating Pain to Your Legs?
Chiropractic Care Can Treat It
Our spine is made of up of 24 moving vertebrae, 23 of which are separated by flexible, shock absorbing discs. These discs play a vital role in allowing our spine to flex, extend, and rotate. These discs are made of ligamentous material protecting an inner nuclear core. When these discs are functioning correctly, they can withstand more pressure than the actual bones they are separating. Therefore, if a healthy person fell from a second story building onto their feet, they have more chance of creating a compression fracture to their vertebrae than they do of injuring their discs. However, if there was an alignment issue between the vertebrae creating abnormal motion, this could lead to degenerative changes of these discs over a period of time, usually several years. These changes can usually be pain free until the final threshold that causes the disc to tear and allows a protrusion of the inner nucleus. This is known as a herniated disc and can sometimes be debilitating with pain and weakness radiating to our limbs. They can even affect the function of the vital organs producing symptoms such as urinary incontinence and constipation.
If we identify these herniated discs, we must first correct the cause that led to the degeneration, allowing the disc to heal properly. Then we can focus on facilitating the healing of the disc using computerized spinal decompression in an attempt to avoid more risky and invasive spinal surgery.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with a disc bulge, herniation, or experiencing radiating pain to the arms and legs, contact our office today to see if you are a candidate for non-invasive spinal decompression. The longer you wait, the higher the risk of further irreparable damage, increasing your chances of requiring spinal surgery.