Bulging disc. Herniated disc. Disc protrusion. Pinched nerve. You may have heard all these phrases to explain severe pain experienced in the neck and back. The most dreaded is the herniated disc. The discs are structures that lay comfortably between your vertebrae, the gel-filled cushions are the shock absorbers of the spine which allow us to bend and twist easily. A disc can herniate or rupture through a tear in the supportive ligaments enclosing one of discs. This can be initiated by:
- Sudden injury
- Constant stress
- Improper lifting or twisting of the spinal column
- Degeneration due to neglect
Once the disc is aggravated, the disc material (jelly-like) inflames and applies pressure on the spinal nerves, which may result in pain. In the worst-case scenario, the material can be forced all the way out from between your vertebrae and press on the nerves that branch off the spinal cord. Chiropractors are trained to care for injured discs and can correct the cause of the serious life altering condition.
A herniated disc is a serious injury. Here at Fogarty Life Clinic Chiropractic, we will check your posture, perform a spinal examination, examine spinal range of motion, take x-rays, and may order an MRI (if necessary) to help with the diagnostic process. Chiropractors do not adjust a disc back into place using force, nor can a couple of brief treatment sessions repair your herniated disc. A specific treatment plan can be designed with gentle and specific adjustment techniques, a disc can be repaired and restore you to your regular self. We additionally offer spinal decompression which is also proven to help.
Call Fogarty Chiropractic Life Clinic now to schedule your appointment today at (321) 636-5200!