Slipped Disks (Herniated Disks)
Teachers didn’t attempt to teach you good posture for no reason in computer class. There was a good reason for it. As the saying goes, It’s all fun and games until someone gets a herniated disc. Herniated disks, or “slipped disks”, are when the annulus fibrosis (the outer layer of the disc) is weakened so much that the nucleus pulposus (the soft gooey center) pushes out from the disc. It’s almost like when you crack an egg. Yes, it sounds horrible. Yet, to your increasing horror, it’s an all too common cause for back pain. Sit up straight, kids.
Common causes are poor posture, injury or pressure on the spine from being overweight. There’s a long list of factors that can lead to a herniated disc. An easier question to ask would be how it can be treated?
Chiropractic treatment is a well-known treatment for herniated disks. First you will need to undergo a small list of exams and neurological tests to find the extent of your injury. You may or may not need an x-ray or MRI. Make sure to tell your Chiropractor whether you’ve noticed loss of sensation, reflexes, or strength. After a diagnosis, we will customize a treatment (or a process of treatments) for your injury.
What are the treatments for a herniated disc?
- Manipulation under Anesthesia (MUA) is a set of brief treatments that last about 5-7 minutes. You will be put in a state known as the “twilight state”, where you will be relaxed, sleepy, and comfortable, but you’ll be fully responsive during this time. This procedure is very short, but just long enough for your chiropractor to manipulate and adjust the affected area. This kind of treatment is usually done for 1-3 sessions, 2 or 4 weeks apart.
- Flexion Distraction Technique is another treatment for herniated disks. It is done with the use of a computer controlled table that gently stretches the spine using a pumping motion. This can help move and stretch the spine just enough for the disc to go back into place, relieve pressure from the nerve, and relieve any pain. You may need additional therapies like ultrasound, hot/cold therapy, or physical therapy with this treatment.
- Pelvic Blocking Technique uses cushioned wedges under the pelvis, and the use of special exercises. This also helps the disc move back into place and relieves any pain.
Herniated discs can be easily and painlessly treated by our chiropractors in our Daytona Beach Chiropractic office. We can also treat you in our Orange City Chiropractic office in West Volusia. After treatment, you may need to take supplements, perform addition therapies or be given lifestyle advice on how to prevent future spinal injuries. You may not need to see a surgeon unless you have loss of sensation, reflexes, or strength. If it’s revealed that you do infact need surgery, our chiropractors will refer you to a surgeon. In the majority of cases, herniated discs heal after a few successful chiropractic treatments. Don’t delay in obtaining relief, let us help you today.