For lumbar and cervical herniated discs, conservative (non-surgical) treatments can usually be applied for around four to six weeks to help reduce pain and discomfort. Lifestyle Counseling is a natural complement to Chiropractic adjustments and other traditional treatments and can make a significant difference in your overall health. The most recent evidence shows that, most often, there is a hereditary link to the development of degenerative disc disease. This can irritate nearby nerves and result in pain, numbness or weakness in an arm or leg. Chiropractors treated the patients with specific spinal manipulations based on individual characteristics, including results from the MRI that demonstrated the area and type of herniated disc. When cracks occur in the outer layer of the disc, the material inside of the disc can begin to push out. There are also a few relatively rare conditions that require immediate surgical intervention.
Once herniated disc is confirmed, we will create and administer a formal Chiropractic treatment plan. In the most severe cases, the spinal cord can become compressed. A “bulging” or herniated disc however, can occur when gel or fluid pushes out through a crack in the exterior. Other studies have shown that chiropractic care can also assist patients suffering from recurrent lumbar disc herniation also called failed back pain surgery syndrome. In fact, a herniated disc can be caused by a combination of factors or a physical injury. A process of trial and error is often necessary to find the right combination of treatments. In some cases, your chiropractor may need an MRI to be able to prescribe a suitable treatment plan specific to your needs including adjustments and therapeutic exercises.