When the body goes through intense trauma like a car, truck, crash, or accident, the trauma can slip, bulge, herniate, or rupture the spinal fluid-filled discs that can extrude from the disc space, causing the nucleus pulposus to tear through the annulus fibrosus and compress the nerve roots causing pain. Depending on the severity and force of the crash or accident, a herniated disc can cause the vertebrae to push into the spinal canal, where it can compress, irritate, and/or injure the spinal cord, which can lead to other health issues. Nerve impingement from a herniated disc can also cause numbness and tingling in the hands, arms, legs, and feet. A chiropractic spine disc herniation decompression treatment plan can heal the herniation, realign the spine, stretch the muscles and joints, and rehabilitate the body back to top form.
Spine Disc Herniation
Symptoms of Herniation
Signs and symptoms depend on the spinal area and whether the disc is rubbing or compressing a nerve. Pain is often described as a sharp or burning sensation. A herniated disc usually affects one side of the body.
Pain Presents When Sitting Down – sitting causes a significant strain on the lower spinal discs. When sitting, the pain experienced can worsen.
Arm or leg pain – Depending on the herniated disc, pain can spread to other surrounding areas.
- For a lower herniation, this could be the buttock, thigh, calf, and foot.
- For a herniated disc in the neck region, pain can be felt in the shoulder and arm.
Pain can present in the arm or leg when coughing, sneezing, or moving into certain positions.
Numbness or tingling – presents from the compressed nerves and spreads as the average blood/energy flow is disrupted.
Muscle Weakness – the affected nerves that support the spinal muscles can lose normal strength causing awkward postures and fatigue.
A herniated disc can be present without symptoms – individuals won’t know unless spinal imaging is ordered.
Sciatica Sensations – the damaged nerve roots affect the ability to function correctly and can cause burning pain, numbness, weakness, and tingling along the front and/or back of the thigh, leg, and/or foot. This can result from direct compression or chemical irritation from a leaked out herniated disc that causes inflammation around the nerve root area.
Chiropractic Injury Care
When a disc herniates, it inhibits the body from communicating and healing itself. To activate proper communication from the brain to the rest of the body, chiropractors perform spine disc herniation decompression which clears the neural system and opens the lines of communication.
Spine Disc Herniation Decompression
Nonsurgical spinal decompression gently stretches the spine to relieve pressure and heal the herniated disc. It is a safe procedure considered a natural alternative compared to surgery or pharmaceutical approaches. Spinal decompression therapy:
- It is safe for all ages
- It is non-invasive
- Sessions take between 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the individual and the injury that could require multiple sessions.
- Offers a quicker recovery time
- It is performed on a computer-controlled table customized to the individual’s specific needs and injuries.
A treatment plan can expedite the recovery process, rehabilitate and strengthen the whole body, and help avoid minimally invasive spine surgery.
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