If you are experiencing back pain, disc herniations or bulges could be to blame. The chiropractors at Decatur Pain & Rehab in Marietta use a number of natural therapies to treat herniated discs and relieve the pain associated with this condition. Because so many of our patients with disc herniations benefit from chiropractic care, it may be worth seeing us for treatment before deciding to pursue a more invasive procedure, such as back surgery.
A disc herniation occurs when the soft inner gel inside of the disc leaks into the spinal canal, putting pressure on the nerve and causing pain. Depending on the location of the herniated disc, you may experience sciatic leg pain or arm pain. This condition is caused by a number of factors, including disc degeneration, poor posture, and excess weight.
To treat herniated or bulging discs, our chiropractor may recommend spinal decompression or spinal manipulation. With spinal decompression, you will be placed on a special table that uses motorized traction to gently elongate the spine, reducing pressure on the affected discs. This treatment also increases the amount of nutrients and oxygen at the injured site, facilitating the healing process.
For spinal manipulation, the chiropractor will use high-velocity thrusts to move the spine back into the proper alignment. This can help reduce the symptoms associated with disc herniations and correct the problem.
In addition to chiropractic techniques, physical rehabilitation may be recommended. A specialist will provide you with therapeutic exercises to perform at home and recommend fitness and lifestyle changes to protect your spine and reduce the risk of disc herniations in the future.