Your spine is one of the most important parts of your body: without it, humans could barely move at all! Unfortunately, the spine is also one of the least understood parts of the skeletal system, which leads to misunderstandings when the spine becomes injured. One of the most common spinal injuries is a herniated disc. This is a condition in which the rubbery discs that separate the bones of the spine become misaligned or injured.
Common signs of a herniated disc include trouble walking, localized pain in the spinal column, and numbness in the lower back, neck, or legs. Understanding the symptoms and risk factors that can lead to this painful condition is crucial to ensuring that you are able to get speedy treatment should you become injured. There are many factors that can lead to the onset of a herniated disc. Some of the most common causes include:
A herniated disc can cause serious pain. Depending on the severity of the problem, it can make it difficult to walk or even move. Luckily, there many non-surgical options that can correct a herniated disc and get you back on your feet. Oftentimes, your doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory medication to help ease the pain of a herniated disc. Unfortunately, however, this is only a temporary solution.
The most common permanent treatment option for a herniated disc is physical therapy and chiropractic treatment. A licensed chiropractor can help you to mitigate the symptoms associated with a herniated disc and can realign the spine so the disc is moved back into place. However, in addition to physical therapy, many herniated discs require a lifestyle change to prevent the condition from reoccurring. A chiropractor or your primary care physician can help you formulate a plan of action to improve your nutrition or quit smoking is these factors have contributed to your herniated disc.
If you or someone that you know is suffering from back pain in silence, now is the time to seek treatment for a herniated disc. The longer the condition is left alone, the higher the probability that the condition becomes permanent. We urge anyone who believes that they may be suffering from a herniated disc to contact our chiropractic team today to schedule an assessment with Dr. Freeland.