A herniated or “slipped” disc doesn’t actually drop, but it does refer to one that moves out of position, tears, bulges or ruptures.
Discs serve as uniqe forms of cartilage that exist between the bones in your spinal column; acting as protective pads that help your body absorb the shock of your everyday routine e.g. walking, running, flexing, stretching, etc.
The Effects of Herniated Discs
When one or more of your discs become misaligned or tear, the cartilage and nearby tissue become herniated, allowing pockets of nerves to transfer from your spine to the tissue that surrounds it.
The substance that leaks of our your discs add significant pressure to the spinal cord, which leads to painful inflammation and limits your natural mobility.
While healthy discs allow you to remain comfortably flexible, the pressure that is placed on your spinal cord and nerves causes the opposite effect.
Common Causes and Symptoms of Herniated Discs
There are a variety of ways that you can sustain a herniated disc.
Although it often happens as a result of aging, many disc conditions are the result of years of neglecting to take care of your body properly.
There are also particular movements that can cause a herniated disc, like suddenly twisting your body beyond its comfort zone or turning awkwardly while carrying heavy objects.
Herniated discs are particularly common in those who work in physically demanding jobs or work environments.
To understand whether or not you have sustained a herniated disc, review the following symptoms to determine if you should visit our Atlanta Chiropractors for treatment:
- Numbness, commonly on one or both sides of the body
- Pain that extends to your arms and legs
- Pain that worsens at night
- Pain that worsens after standing or sitting
- Pain when walking short distances
When left untreated, a herniated disc can cause permanent nerve damage that completely alters your ability to move.
If you believe that you may have a herniated disc, it is imperative that you seek professional Chiropractic treatment as soon as possible.
Atlanta Chiropractic Treatment for Herniated Discs
Our Atlanta Chiropractors can help treat herniated discs by identifying and correcting the area of your spine that’s moved out of position or ruptured.
There are a variety of treatment solutions that exist for herniated discs, all of which are of addictive medications and invasive surgery.
From Chiropractic Adjustments to massage therapy, our team helps hundreds of patients each year recover from herniated discs.
Learn more about our approach to health or the kind of treatment options that may apply to your condition by scheduling a consultation today.
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