Bulging Disc/Herniated Discs
While the symptoms of herniated discs can be troubling, they are fairly common injuries. Here at Summit Medical Care Center our dedicated chiropractors and nurse practitioner in Broomfield, CO, help many of our patients through the pain and dysfunction associated with a herniated disc. Below, let's take a closer look at herniated discs and learn how we help treat this injury.
What Is a Herniated Disc?
The spine is made up of several individual bones called vertebra. In between each bone is a small disc-like structure shaped like a donut. The donut is filled with a gel-like substance that helps to cushion the spine’s vertebrae during movement. Sometimes, the fibrous outer walls of the disc can become cracked or ruptured, allowing some of the gel inside to escape. When this happens, the disc is said to be herniated. This injury is also called a bulging disc. Usually, herniated discs are considered a degenerative injury, and become more common as the walls of the disc become thin and brittle with age. In a number of cases, a herniated disc occurs as the result of an impact or injury.
What Are the Symptoms of Herniated Discs?
Symptoms will vary depending on the location of the herniated disc. If a disc is herniated in the lower back, typically people will feel pain or numbness radiating downward to their buttocks, legs, or feet. If the disc is herniated in the upper back or neck, pain is commonly felt in the neck, shoulders, arms, and hands. Pain can range from a dull ache to a sharp, stabbing pain. Often, people with herniated discs will report feeling clumsier than usual. They may complain of tripping more often or frequently dropping items.
How Can a Chiropractor Help?
Chiropractors have several tools and techniques at their disposal, including manual manipulation, physical therapy, medical massage, and stretching and strengthening exercises. Spinal decompression is particularly helpful in treating herniated discs. This involves a specific traction table. The spine is pulled and lengthened, relieving pressure between the vertebrae. By doing so, the disc is free to heal on its own, without additional pressure. Further, creating a negative space around the injured disc allows healthy, nutrient dense materials naturally produced by the body to flow to the injured area, further healing the injury.
At Summit Medical Care Center, we believe that holistic medicine is the best way to treat people and their injuries. This means treating the person as a whole, focusing on their body, mind, and spirit. We offer a range of services to help treat spine injuries, including herniated discs. Our approach of integrated medicine will help treat your injuries fast, and prevent them from returning. Our office is centrally located at 54 Garden Center, Broomfield, CO 80020. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call us today at 303-625-9231.