Disc Herniation

Disc Herniation Specialist
Modern Chiropractic is a full-service chiropractic care facility that treats many different health conditions that affect the back, including disc herniation. Dr. Shane and his staff serve the residents of Newington, Connecticut.

Disc Herniation Q & A

by Shane Smith, DC

What Causes a Herniated Disc?

A herniated disc is the result of the vertebrae on either side putting excessive pressure on the disc. As the pressure builds, it forces the disc to bulge or protrude outside of the bony ring of the vertebrae. The longer the disc remains in that position, the weaker it can become, causing it to lose fluid as well as its ability to help cushion the spine and protect the spinal cord. A variety of events can cause the vertebrae to shift and cause the discs to bulge. These can include auto accidents, slip and fall accidents, blunt force trauma to the back, and improper lifting techniques. Health conditions like degenerative bone disease and osteoarthritis can also cause potential problems.

What are Common Treatment Options for a Herniated Disc?

Chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, and decompression techniques are treatment options that have been effective at treating herniated discs as well as many other conditions that affect the alignment of the bones of the spine, Many of these treatment options are enhanced when used as part of a well-rounded treatment plan that includes other treatment options. A good example of this is the use of chiropractic adjustments and physical therapy. While the adjustment works to re-establish balance, the exercises used in the physical therapy treatment program help to strengthen and stabilize the area as it heals.

What can Chiropractic Care do to Help?

Chiropractic care offers many benefits. In addition to reestablishing physical balance, it improves blood flow to the injured area, relieves inflammation, and also stabilizes the muscles that support the injured area. When physical therapy is added, the exercises used in each treatment work to strengthen the muscles near the injury. This not only helps to stabilize the injury; it offers the strength and support the injury needs to heal properly. These types of treatment work well for herniated discs and other problems with the spine that are associated with auto accidents or slip and fall injuries.

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