Do you ever get a persistent pain in your back that runs down your legs or even in your neck down to your fingertips? If so, you could have some sort of disc injury that is putting pressure on a nerve root. Facing disc injuries can be stressful and we want to help you understand what is going on and how to manage it. In this week’s blog, we will introduce what disc injuries are, how you prevent them, and how chiropractors can help.
What Are Disc Injuries?
Disc are the squishy fluid protective layer between each bone to act as shock absorbers and allow for slight movement of the spine. There are a few different types of disc injuries, but most people will hear “bulging disc” or “herniated disc” because they are the most common. Symptoms of disc injuries are pain upon movement in a specific nerve root region, decreased sensation, and decreased strength of the muscles. Many patients may tend to lean either away from the side of pain or towards the side of pain depending on the type of disc injury. In order to confirm the diagnosis of a disc injury, doctors must take a thorough orthopedic examination and an MRI of the region of complaint.
How You Can Prevent Disc Injuries?
There are many risk factors for disc injuries, but the most common include traumas, falls, aging, obesity, repetitive stress motions and even unknown causes.The best way to prevent disc injuries are to avoid any traumatic events, staying active and healthy and having correct posture and movement patterns.
How Chiropractors Can Help?
Many people get very nervous when a chiropractor is handling area with a potential or confirmed disc injury. However, studies show that chiropractors can be extremely beneficial for disc injuries if handled lightly and correctly. At Wilkins Spinal Care, we not only provide light and safe adjustments, but more importantly we provide state of the art non-surgical spinal decompression therapy. Once we take a thorough examination of your condition, we will put you on the decompression plan which will place you on a using a pulling and pumping mechanism to help rehydrate the disc over the course of your treatment. Candidates for spinal decompression therapy include failed surgeries, back pain tingling or burning sensations, leg pain, arm pain, neck pain and loss of sensation. If you have any questions about facing disc injuries, contact us today. Our job at Wilkins Spinal Care is to get you pain free and provide optimal healthcare so that you can return to your daily routine!