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Gain Ground Over Disc Pain with Chiropractic Care
Receiving a diagnosis of a herniated disc can be a scary feeling. There is an alternative, however, that can treat the condition without anti-inflammatory drugs, injections and surgery.
Spinal discs are the cartilage pads in between each vertebrae of the spine. If your spine is misaligned and you have bad posture, the spinal discs will weaken and eventually bulge, or herniate. This is a common cause of neck and low back pain. When a herniated disc is pinching a nerve it will cause pain, numbness or muscle weakness in your arm or leg. If the disc weakens even further it will wear down, degenerate and your spine will succumb to arthritis.
Many people believe the only way to fix a herniated disc is with surgery. Cutting away the part of the disc that is herniating out of place might make intuitive sense, but surgery may not fix the misalignments and bad posture that are contributing to the problem.
It may be more effective to restore proper alignment and strength to your spine and posture so the damaged disc can heal itself, naturally. Studies indicate this is the case. One study found 80 percent of patients with neck or lower back disc herniations reported substantial or complete pain relief with chiropractic adjustments. MRIs taken after chiropractic treatment showed 63 percent of patients had a reduced or completely reabsorbed disc. In other words, the discs went back in place after the spine was adjusted back into proper alignment.
If your spine stays in proper alignment and you have good posture, your chance of developing a herniated disc is much lower. Regular chiropractic care can ensure that your spine and posture stay in proper alignment. Spinal adjustments restore alignment, and exercises strengthen muscles that hold and maintain your alignment.
We help people with herniated discs every day. If you or someone you know is suffering from back pain, sciatica or leg pain due to a herniated disc, contact us to see if we can help.