The human spine is amazing! As the support for your whole body, this structure of vertebrae and gel-filled discs makes it possible for you to move while protecting your spinal cord and nerve roots. You probably don’t even realize how important it is until a part of it becomes injured and your normal movements become painful.
Your spinal discs serve as the shock absorbers for your spine. A disc can become herniated from the wear and tear that comes from age or from an injury to your spine that can cause the gel to leak out and the disc to burst.
When the disc ruptures, you may experience no symptoms unless it is pressing on a nerve root. That’s when the pain begins. It can range from minor discomfort to intense pain shooting down one or both of you legs (sciatica).
Symptoms of a herniated disc include:
- Weakness in muscles in one or both legs
- Pain in the front thigh
- Deep muscle pain or spasms
- Numbness and tingling in the leg that begins at the buttocks and travels down to the foot
- Low back pain accompanied by leg pain
Using spinal manipulations, Dr. Cheree will work on bringing your entire spine into alignment, not just the lumbar area where the disc is herniated. In addition to traditional adjustments, she may also choose to use a special table to perform the flexion-distraction technique to gently stretch the spine and relieve the nerve of the pressure from the disc.
Patients who choose chiropractic care for their herniated discs enjoy natural pain relief and healing without the use of medication or surgery. If the abovementioned symptoms sound familiar, it’s time to schedule a visit to Chiropractic Healing Center. We accept many insurance plans and offer convenient payment plans for those not using insurance. Contact us today to learn more.