Herniated Disc and Finding Relief
Whether you call it a herniated disc, bulging disc, or a ruptured disc, the pain and discomfort are all the same. Our team at Westport Chiropractic and Acupuncture understand just how painful a disc injury can be. Using alternative medical treatments that are safe, effective, and non-invasive, our team can help alleviate painful conditions associated with a herniated disc.
What Is a Herniated Disc?
The upper (cervical) back contains seven bones. The middle region (thoracic) contains twelve bones. The lower (lumbar) back has five bones. These bones are called vertebrae. As the human body moves, twists, and extends through daily or strenuous activities, it undergoes strain. The bones' stress and impact are absorbed in the tissue between each of the vertebral bones, called discs. The discs make up of two layers. A more rigid outer lining protects a soft inner cushion. When the inner layer slips or seeps through the outer layer, that is a herniated disc.
Common Symptoms of a Herniated Disc
Usually, pain is associated with a herniated disc. This can be mild to severe, depending on the rupture's severity. Numbness and tingling will accompany the disc injury. If the disc is ruptured in the upper back, numbness and tingling may be felt in the neck, shoulders, arms, or hands. If the rupture has occurred in the lower back, numbness and tingling may extend to the buttocks, legs, and feet. Herniated disc symptoms also include feeling more clumsy than usual, with people reporting that they are tripping or dropping items more frequently.
What Increases the Risk of Herniated Disc?
Obesity is a common cause of this injury. Also, lack of exercise and movement can put you at a higher risk of a herniated disc. It is also essential to use proper form when lifting to avoid herniated discs.
How We Can Help
Our chiropractor offers safe, non-invasive treatment options for those suffering from a bulging disc. Our chiropractic care uses alternative practices to restore balance and alignment to the body. We offer several treatment options, including manual manipulation, stretching and strengthening exercises, and more. However, we primarily treat herniated discs with spinal decompression. Spinal decompression gives herniated discs the space they need for circulation, ensuring that this injury has the chance to heal properly.
Contact Us for Herniated Disc Treatment from Our Chiropractor in Westport
Our team at Westport Chiropractic and Acupuncture is dedicated to ongoing patient care. When it comes to herniated disc injuries and conditions, we are committed to helping our patients find complete relief every step of the way. With our professional, caring, and experienced team, we are happy to provide solutions to allow you to return to the activities you love. To learn more about how we help patients in Westport and surrounding areas, call us today.