Herniated and Slipped Discs

Herniated Disc Treatment from Your Chiropractor in Smyrna GA

A herniated disc can develop in any portion of the spine.  It causes excessive pressure on surrounding muscles and nerves and pain that sometimes disrupts normal daily activities.  Fortunately, our chiropractor in Smyrna GA uses only natural treatments that avoid surgery and medication to bring relief to patients at our East West Spine and Rehab Clinic.

woman suffering from a herniated disc

Overview of Herniated and Slipped Discs

Herniated and slipped discs are terms often used interchangeably to describe herniated, bulging, or ruptured spinal discs.  Herniation occurs when inflammatory proteins normally housed inside a disc manage to leak to its exterior. 

Spinal discs absorb and distribute shock, as well as provide flexibility.  They separate the vertebrae that protect the spinal cord.  A herniated disc develops when an outer disc ring weakens or tears, permitting the inner contents to escape.  Without treatment, a severely herniated disc can result in nerve damage that is permanent.

Physical injury, excessive weight, poor posture, or a combination of these factors can cause herniation.  The most common symptoms include:

  • Sensation of burning, tingling, or aching in the area affected
  • Numbness and pain most often on just one side
  • Pain when extending the legs or arms
  • Worsening pain after sitting or standing
  • Pain experienced when walking only a short distance
  • Muscle weakness without an apparent cause
  • Pain that increases with certain motions or at night

Herniated Disc Treatment Options

In diagnosing and treating herniated and slipped discs, our doctor evaluates the patient’s entire spine.  Diagnosis requires a comprehensive exam, discussion of symptoms, and an assessment of the patient’s health history.  The exam includes an evaluation of reflexes, muscle strength, muscle wasting, and any loss of sensation.  Imaging tests such as X-rays, discograms, MRI scans, and CT scans are sometimes helpful.

Each herniated disc patient receives an individualized treatment plan.  Spinal manipulation, also known as chiropractic adjustments, is a frequent technique to ease symptoms.  Many patients benefit from manual therapy and therapeutic exercises.

Our practice also utilizes targeted spinal compression therapy.  This therapy applies a gentle and steady distraction to problem vertebrae.  This increases the space between these structures, permits the contents of a herniated disc to resume their proper position, and allows nerves to extend freely from the spine.

Schedule a Consultation with Our Chiropractor in Smyrna GA

Don’t let pain from a herniated disc sideline your preferred lifestyle.  Our chiropractor in Smyrna GA, Dr. Ara Leguizamon, can help relieve your pain using only natural therapies in a calm and welcoming environment.  Be sure to call our East West Spine and Rehab Clinic practice today at (770) 432-5600 to schedule an appointment and start on your journey to wellness.

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