Zachary Spine & Sports RehabilitationChiropractic Care for Cervical Herniated Disc
Chiropractic care has been shown to provide safe and effective pain relief for cervical herniated disc problems as an alternative to potentially harmful pain medications and invasive surgery. A 2013 study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reveals that more than half of patients treated for herniated disc problems experienced a significant reduction in pain after only two weeks of treatment from a licensed chiropractor and that 85% of chiropractic patients reported significant improvement after three months of treatment.
What is Cervical Disc Herniation?
The discs in our body act as shock absorbers for the spine. When the outer band of a disc breaks or cracks and its inner gel-like substance begin leaking, the surrounding nerves become irritated and the spinal canal is subject to extra pressure. Cervical disc herniation can manifest as either a dull or sharp pain in the back or neck (often felt between the shoulder blades) that travels down to the arms, hands and fingers. Inflammation, muscle spasms, numbness and tingling are common symptoms of cervical disc herniation and tend to intensify over time and are frequently triggered by certain body postures and movements. Cervical disc herniation problems may gradually progress if not identified and treated promptly. A Zachary Spine & Sports Rehabilitation chiropractor can provide pain relief as well as long-term health solutions.
Causes of Cervical Disc Herniation
The onset of a problem with a herniated disc may go unnoticed until symptoms gradually build up resulting in acute and chronic pain. Sudden movements, overextension, or a twisting of the neck can be the starting point for the condition which may then progress gradually over several months. Several risk factors are associated with cervical disc herniation:
- Lack of regular exercise, poor nutrition and tobacco use
- Poor posture including repetitive and incorrect lifting or twisting that puts additional stress on the spine
- Spinal trauma
- The aging process: Discs gradually lose their resiliency and dry out over time
Can a Chiropractor Help With Cervical Herniated Disc?
Zachary Spine & Sports Rehabilitation chiropractors provide manual adjustments and a comprehensive treatment plan for pain relief. Your first appointment will consist of a thorough physical exam and a series of neurological and orthopedic tests. Evaluation of your reflexes, muscle weakness and any loss of sensation will be assessed as part of a thorough diagnostic process. Several chiropractic treatment options are implemented to treat cervical disc herniation problems including gentle stretching of the spine to isolate the affected area and help move the disc away from the nerve to reduce pain. Other pelvic blocking techniques are used along with prescribed pelvic exercises to draw the disc away from the affected nerve to reduce pain. Your Zachary Spine & Sports Rehabilitation chiropractor will provide you with a tailored treatment plan that is developed according to your overall health, activity level and the severity of your pain and may include a combination of manual adjustments and customized therapies. In addition, your chiropractor will consult other health professionals to determine the best course of treatment when developing your treatment plan for cervical herniated disc problems.
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