Disc Herniation or Protrusion
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A herniated or protruding disc occurs when the soft, jelly-like substance in the middle of one of your discs pushes through a tear in the outer layer of the disc. This can lead to severe neck and back pain, and may even cause pain in your legs, arms, and hands similar to that caused by carpal tunnel syndrome. Pain occurs when the herniated disc touches or compresses nearby nerves, or when the jelly-like fluid is released from the tear and leaks into the spine.
A herniated disc may also be known as a bulging, slipped, or ruptured disc. This condition may be caused by one or a combination of factors such as poor posture, physical injury, or being overweight. Lifestyle factors that may cause disc herniation include smoking, poor nutrition, and lack of exercise. Those who already have a weakened disc may experience herniation or protrusion when performing simple movements such as bending down or coughing.
Chiropractic care can help relieve the pressure and pain caused by disc herniation using a wide range of exercises and treatments. Spinal manipulation may help relax the body and treat symptoms of a herniated disc, while a technique called pelvic blocking can help realign and readjust the spine. Your chiropractor may also gently stretch your spine to increase the space between vertebrae and relieve pressure being placed on your nerves by the herniated disc.
Did you know?
Many cases of disc herniation produce no symptoms since the hernia may not compress or put pressure on any nerves. A person with a herniated disc may not be aware of their condition until the disc starts pressing on nerves to trigger severe pain. In rare circumstances, ignoring pain and other symptoms of disc herniation can lead to loss of bladder or bowel control, weakened legs, and permanent paralysis.
The symptoms you experience from a disc herniation will vary depending on the location of the protrusion and the nerves being compressed. Herniated discs in the neck area will produce symptoms in the hands, arms, shoulders, and neck. Herniated discs in the lower back area will produce symptoms in the feet, legs, buttocks, hips, and lower back.
Frequently asked questions about disc herniation
How long does it take to heal a herniated disc?
The length of time it takes to heal from a herniated disc often depends on the severity of your condition. Generally, it takes between two and four weeks of chiropractic care for you to experience lasting relief from symptoms. Complete healing from disc herniation could take anywhere between a few months to a few years.
What are risk factors for a herniated disc?
Aging is a common risk factor for disc herniation, since discs tend to lose elasticity with the natural aging process. Herniated discs tend to be more common among males over the age of 30 and those who sit for long periods of time. Smoking and obesity are other common risk factors for disc herniation.
What is the best way to treat disc herniation?
Chiropractic care is one of the least invasive treatments for disc herniation. Adjustments, massage therapy, and spinal decompression are among the most effective chiropractic treatments for a herniated disc.
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