Understanding and Treating Herniated Discs
Whether you call it a herniated disc, bulging disc, or a ruptured disc, the pain and discomfort are all the same. Our team at Northwestern Spine Health and Rehabilitation in Clifton understands just how painful a disc injury can be. Using alternative medical treatments that are safe, effective, and non-invasive, our chiropractic team can help alleviate painful conditions associated with a herniated disc.
What Is a Herniated Disc?
To understand what a bulging disc is, one must know something about the back's structure. The upper (cervical) back contains seven bones. The middle region (thoracic) contains twelve bones. The lower (lumbar) back has five bones. These bones are called vertebrae. As the human body moves, twists, and extends through daily or strenuous activities, it undergoes strain. The bones' stress and impact are absorbed in the tissue between each of the vertebral bones, called discs. The discs make up of two layers. There's a soft inner cushion protected by a more rigid outer lining. When the inner layer slips or seeps through the outer layer, that is a herniated disc. Herniated discs are most commonly experienced in the back's lumbar region but can also happen around the neck.
Common Symptoms of a Herniated Disc
Usually, pain is associated with a herniated disc. This can be mild to severe, depending on the rupture's severity. Numbness and tingling will accompany the disc injury. If the disc is ruptured in the upper back, numbness and tingling may be felt in the neck, shoulders, arms, or hands. If the rupture has occurred in the lower back, numbness and tingling may extend to the buttocks, legs, and feet. Herniated disc symptoms also include feeling more clumsy than usual, with people reporting that they are tripping or dropping items more frequently.
How a Chiropractor Can Help
Our chiropractors offer safe, non-invasive treatment options for those suffering from a bulging disc. Chiropractic medicine uses alternative practices to restore balance and alignment to the body. We offer several treatment options, including physical therapy, chiropractic massage, manual manipulation, and stretching and strengthening exercises. Spinal traction is beneficial when combating herniated disc conditions or injuries.
Contact Us for Herniated Disc Treatment in Clifton
Our team at Northeastern Spine Health and Rehabilitation is dedicated to ongoing patient care. When it comes to herniated disc injuries and conditions, we know just how painful everyday movements can be. With our professional, caring, and experienced team, we are happy to provide chiropractic solutions to allow you to return to the activities you love. Based in Clifton, our professional team regularly treats clients from West Paterson, Little Falls, Totowa, Clifton, Fairfield, Cedar Grove, and Verona. To learn more about how we can help, call us today at 973-812-0202.