Our Chiropractor Discusses about Herniated Disc Symptoms and Treatment

At Anthem Chiropractic, our head chiropractor Dr. Derek Day has been providing quality chiropractic services to the people of the Henderson, NV community for nearly two decades. And while people of all ages with many different types of physical problems have been helped by Dr. Day, one of the most common problems he sees at his clinic is pain and dysfunction related to a herniated disc.

What is a herniated disc?

The human spine is made up of ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and vertebral bones. Between the vertebrae are structures called vertebral discs. These fibrous and gel-like discs increase mobility in the spine, increase the space between the vertebral bones (allowing spinal nerves to safely exit the spinal column), and act as shock absorbers within the body. Occasionally, and often for no obvious reason, a disc can slip out of place, causing a rupture or tear within the outer and/or inner layers of the disc.

What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?

Surprisingly, a herniated disc does not always cause back pain! A slipped or ruptured disc can put pressure on a surrounding spinal nerve that innervates a limb. This can lead to symptoms in an arm or leg including:

  • Sharp, shooting, or burning pain
  • Weakness
  • Diminished reflexes
  • Numbness

Herniated discs can also cause decreased mobility, inflammation, and muscle soreness.

How is a herniated disc treated at our chiropractic clinic?

The goals of chiropractic care in the treatment of a herniated disc include tissue healing, restoration of normal alignment and mobility, and reduced inflammation and pain. Treatment may include:

  • Chiropractic adjustments and decompression, to restore mobility and re-set neural pathways that carry pain signals
  • Corrective Exercise to strengthen and increase the endurance of surrounding trunk muscles
  • Patient education on lifestyle and nutrition to help prevent recurring and/or chronic dysfunction

Think you have a herniated disc? See your Henderson NV chiropractor today!

Our Chiropractor Dr. Derek Day is dedicated to providing you with the relief you need. If you live in the Las Vegas or Henderson NV areas, call Anthem Chiropractic today at 702-685-8872 to schedule your appointment.

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