Have you been diagnosed with a herniated disc or concerned you might have one? You might be experiencing confusion and have many questions but we’re here to help. Our team at Pinnacle Chiropractic & Rehab in West Fargo, ND, can help answers some of the most common questions about herniated discs below.
What Does a Herniated Disc Mean?
If the bones of your spinal column directly touched one another, it would lead to pain and more. Fortunately, discs lie in between them, which are like cushions or shock absorbers. If everything is in its proper place, these discs work well.
Unfortunately, many things, including injuries, poor posture, obesity, and more can cause too much pressure to be put on these discs. When this happens, the outer casing can rip and the inner filling spills out. This is called a herniated disc.
How Do I Know I Have a Herniated Disc?
The most common symptom is pain in the neck or back. However, such pain can come from many different sources. Usually, though, a herniated disc will spill over onto nerve tissue, which can cause muscle weakness, tingling, and numbness. Sciatica is common when there is a herniated disc in the lower back. The disc’s filling will pour out onto the sciatic nerve, which leads to pain, numbness, and tingling all the way down to the foot.
Can You Recover from a Herniated Disc?
Yes, you can recover from a herniated disc when it’s properly addressed. It can take anywhere from a week to a few months to heal, but only if it’s not constantly being triggered. So, for instance, if a misalignment caused the disc to herniate, it might continue to be triggered as long as that misalignment is present.
Can Chiropractic Care Really Help Me?
Yes, Chiropractic care can be an effective way of addressing a herniated disc, as it focuses on both the cause and the symptoms. Using the example above, chiropractic care would not only address the symptoms you’re experiencing but also the misalignment that is impacting the disc.
It goes beyond that, too. We can help address the habits and other factors that are likely leading to misalignment. Through such a comprehensive approach, you can achieve recovery in addition to preventing issues in the future.
Treat Your Herniated Disc with the Help of a West Fargo, ND, Chiropractor on Our Team
Whether you know you have a herniated disc or just suspect it, our team at Pinnacle Chiropractic & Rehab is here to help. Schedule an appointment by calling (701) 532-1699 today. A chiropractor on our chiropractic care team is here to help you get pain relief and pain management.