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How to Treat Herniated Discs

How to Treat Herniated Discs

A herniated disc is an extremely painful, though somewhat common, condition that affects the spine. When a disc, the jelly-like padding the cushions each vertebra in the spine, is pinched or pushed out through a crack in the exterior, it causes a disc herniation. Anyone can suffer a disc herniation, though the middle-aged or overweight face an increased risk of herniation. As the body naturally ages, the spinal discs naturally degenerate, making back injuries of all types more likely, including disc herniation. Herniated discs can be caused by physical strain, such as a sports injury or car crash, or simply lifting a heavy object.

Sometimes the pain or side effects of a herniated disc are minimal, though many people experience severe pain, or a prickling or numbing sensation in the back, arms or legs. There are many different ways herniated discs may be treated, though chiropractic care usually leans towards less invasive procedures. Chiropractic and physical therapy methods typically promote healing through treatments that involve fewer serious risks than surgical treatment options.

Herniated discs may be treated by any of the following methods:

  • Chiropractic care
  • Physical therapy
  • Massage therapy

More specifically, the treatments through any of the above methods may include the use of heat and ice compresses, bracing, strengthening exercises, spinal manipulation, as well as electrical stimulation. It is important that your doctor evaluate your injury individually in order to determine which treatment method may work best for your herniated disc. Each injury is different and should be handled according to the needs of the individual.

While less invasive techniques may sometimes take more time than alternative treatments, such as surgery or medicine, they can help the body heal on a more permanent level. Through treatments like physical therapy and chiropractic care, your doctor can tailor your treatments to allow the damaged area to heal while surrounding muscles are strengthened. Not only will this treat the herniated disc, it can also strengthen the back muscles to help prevent such an injury from recurring.

In order to diagnose back pain as a herniated disc, our doctors at Georgia Accident Rehab Centers will begin by evaluating the patient. It is crucial to look at a patient’s history, especially because disc degeneration can be hereditary, and to perform a physical examination. If you are suffering back pain and you think it may be caused by a herniated disc, our holistic healing methods may be able to help.

To schedule your appointment with our experienced doctors in Atlanta, contact Atlanta Pain & Rehab.


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