Disc Herniation(s): What you can do...
So you have herniated a disc. You're either getting neck pain that radiates into the head, shoulder, arm, and/or hand or lower back pain that radiates into the butt region, groin, and/or down the legs.
Now, you're wondering what to do?
Everyone wants relief quickly from a disc herniation. If you're suffering from one, even getting dressed can be extremely difficult and painful. Many times drugs and surgery seems like the quickest option(s). However, this isn't the best option for the majority of people with disc herniation(s).
To find out why, lets look at the process of the problem(s) and pain.
- The actual damage/injury to the fibrous outer portion of the disc.
- Inner material leaking out of the disc creating a chemical reaction.
- Chemical reaction stimulating immune response and inflammation
- Chemical response hitting the affected nerves
- Restricted movement due to pain, muscle spasm, and nerve irritation
Did you know that the size of the herniation and the location of the disc matter do not always predict the symptoms?
Symptoms of a herniation have more to do with each person's reaction damage. The more a person suffers from joint restriction, muscle spasm, inflammation and immune response that actually affects the nervous system the more pain and symptoms a person will experience. Some herniation(s) that go away from the nerves only have mild-moderate pain symptoms and almost no nerve irritations symptoms. This does not make them any less important for treatment.
What can I do to get back to a normal pain free life?
A chiropractor certified in Cox Technique is the best conservative treatment for conditions like a disc herniation. How does this help?
The technique requires special training and equipment for the adjustment. While gently moving the specific segments of the spine into flexed, distracted, and other positions the Chiropractor is able to safely decompress the disc(s) and joint(s) of the spine. This allows for the material of the disc that has leaked out to be sucked back into the disc. As a result, there is a significant decrease in the amount of inflammation around the injury. Once the inflammation around the injury decreases the immune response no longer irritates the the nerves responsible for pain. While healing from a disc herniation can take time, some people feel relief in just a few visits.
Additionally we will supervise your physical therapy or other exercises. These exercises are specific to your herniation and stage of healing. each exercise is selected to help get you back to a healthy pain free life as quickly as possible.
If you or someone you know is suffering from a disc herniation make sure that you schedule the appointment today.