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Disclaimer: The following general information is provided to assist the reader in developing an awareness of of the many conditions treated by Chiropractors, and of procedures employed in treatment. It is not intended as a substitute for the reader’s consultation with their appropriate primary caregiver, and for an evelauation and recommendation following a comprehensive examination at Lakes Region Chiropractic. ~James Pamplin, DC (Lakes Region Chiropractic)

WHAT IS A HERNIATED DISC?

 
To understand this condition, we need explain the anatomy of the disc within your spine. Each vertebrae in your spine is sandwiched between a disc. This disc has a cartilaginous outer shell called the Annulus Fibrosis and a gelatinous inner core called the Nucleus Pulposis. Together they resist the compressive and torsional forces that occur every day in the spine. When a person has a herniated disc, the gelatinous core has squeezed out of its outer shell. This can happen in a single traumatic event like a fall, or over time when the spine is subjected to repeated compressive forces like lifting crates all day. The pain associated with a herniated disc is the result of the gelatinous core pinching on the spinal nerve.
 

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS?

 
When someone has a herniated disc, they may feel numbness/tingling, or shooting pain down the leg and foot. This pain may also be accompanied by weakness in the leg and foot. A person should seek immediate medical attention if he/she is experiencing numbness/tingling in the genital areas, changes in bowel or bladder function, or progressive leg weakness over a twenty four hour period. 

HOW DO YOU GET A HERNIATED DISC?

 
A disc can herniated as a result of continuous repetitive strain over a long period of time. An example of this would be a worker who stands in a bent over position, lifting heavy objects all day. In this case, the disc can slowly weaken to the point where it suddenly herniates from a trivial activity like picking up the morning paper. Metaphorically speaking, “its the last straw which breaks the camels back”. A disc can also herniate as a result of a sudden traumatic accident. An example of this would be a person who fell from a ladder or a weight lifter who squatted 500lbs. 

CONVENTIONAL APPROACHES TO CARE


In mild to moderate cases of herniated discs, oral or injected medication may be prescribed to reduce inflammation and pain. Medication however may provide only partial or temporary relief, so other treatment options should also be considered.
 
Support braces and physical therapy are also common treatment options. If used with the proper exercises, the result may be beneficial.
 
In more severe or persistent cases of herniated discs, surgery may be needed. Ssurgery is performed, by cutting out some or all of the disc material in order to relieve pressure on nerves. 

HOW WE MAY HELP

 
At Lakes Region Chiropractic, we will conduct an examination to determine if your symptoms are related to a herniated disc. Our primary goals are to 1) Diagnose the underlying cause of your condition 2) offer natural treatment options that address both the cause and symptoms of herniated discs, and 3) educate patients on ways to improve their overall health and wellbeing. Specifically, we utilize a combination of chiropractic and rehabilitative medicine which may improve your condition without the use of drugs or surgery. A procedure that is used in the treatment of herniated discs is called Intersegmental Traction. This treatment is used to comfortably stretch the vertebrae apart to reduce pressure on the spinal nerves. We also apply chiropractic adjustments to joints that have lost their normal mobility. Adjustments may help improve joint mobility and reduce inflammation, thus, allowing injured areas to heal better. Personalized exercises specific to your condition will be prescribed as part of your continued therapy. They help strengthen and support weak areas and are designed to be done comfortably at home. During treatment we will advise you on developing healthy lifestyle habits and avoiding activities that may aggravate your condition. As treatment progresses, your condition will be closely monitored with regular progress reports and periodic re-evaluations.