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A herniated disc can be one of the most painful conditions a person can endure. The discs of the spine can become herniated through injury, disease, and even normal wear and tear. It can cause pain, radiating pain, numbness, and tingling down the spine and along the limbs. The pain and discomfort this condition causes can be mild to severe and triggered by hard-to-anticipate causes. 

Herniated Disc: Diagnosis, Symptoms, and Treatment

Though painful and difficult to heal, the most effective treatments for a herniated disc are well known.  


To diagnose a herniated disc, your medical care provider will test for reflexes, muscle strength, walking ability, and your ability to feel light touches, vibration, or pinpricks. More often than not, a medical history and a simple exam are all needed to diagnose this condition. However, imaging tests or nerve tests may also be used. 


The primary symptoms are:

  • Leg or arm pain

  • Numbness or tingling

  • Weakness 


There are a number of surgical treatments and painkillers that can, and often are, given for the treatment of a herniated disc. But in chiropractic medicine, we want to exhaust every non-invasive and minimally invasive treatment modality first before the patient submits to surgery and medicines that can cause damage, addiction, and take long periods to recover from. 

Chiropractic Adjustment for Herniated Disc

During an adjustment, your chiropractor will use manual pressure or small, specially-designed implements to reduce pain, restore circulation, and even reposition a damaged disc so that the injury has the chance to heal.  


Another excellent way your chiropractor can help relieve the pain of a herniated disc is through spinal decompression. Spinal decompression is simple, safe, effective, and entirely non-invasive. By applying traction to the spine using gravity alone, the pressure is temporarily relieved in spaces between the vertebrae.  


This reduces pain while the treatment is applied. But more importantly, it allows blood to carry more nutrients and oxygen to those spaces. This promotes accelerated healing as it provides circulation that normally would be inhibited by the natural structure of the spine. 

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