The discs within the spinal column refer to the rubbery structures between most articulated vertebrae. The primary function of a spinal disc is to cushion the spine’s movement while providing flexibility when walking, running, and stretching. However, a spinal disc may become herniated or ruptured and compress a nerve, which then creates varying degrees of discomfort and pain. Dr. John Dallas of Dallas Chiropractic Relief, serving the greater Lansing, MI, vicinity, can offer relief should you experience one or more herniated disc symptoms.
Potential Symptoms of a Herniated Spinal Disc
Like most issues related to musculoskeletal symptoms, the level of pain from a herniated disc will vary.
Herniation symptoms are contingent on the location of the problematic spinal disc and the force of the compression on the nerves. Some experience symptoms characterized as mildly irritating and only learn of their herniated disc after a medical professional happens to review a diagnostic image taken in the area for a different reason.
Typical symptoms of a slipped or herniated disc include -
- Pain at Varying Levels
- Pain is the most common symptom, but it may be localized or referred pain, as it can travel down the nerve’s path.
- Lifting, bending, or prolonged sitting tends to aggravate a herniation; however, lying down offers relief.
- Compressed nerves can create a pins-and-needle effect (a.k.a. tingling) or numbness.
- Muscle Weakness/Changes to Reflexes
- Nerve pressure can weaken muscles, affecting movement.
- At times, a disc that has become herniated may impact your reflexes.
Herniated Disc Treatment Options
Dr. Dallas may offer one of these chiropractic or complementary techniques to treat the symptoms of a herniated disc -
Spinal Adjustments/Chiropractic Manipulations
These help reduce nerve pressure by realigning the spine.
Vibrates a deep muscle, improving blood flow and tissue elasticity.
Soft Tissue Therapies
Therapies such as massage help ease tension in muscles near the herniation.
These are designed to manage current symptoms and help prevent recurring flare-ups. Therapeutic exercises can help prevent future herniations by strengthening muscles and promoting proper posture.
In addition, Dr. Dallas can offer lifestyle counseling suggestions that can help prevent a future event. This may include choosing appropriate ergonomic furniture, appropriate lifting, and more.
If you experience persistent back pain or suspect you may have herniated a spinal disc, contact Dr. Dallas or a member of our staff at Dallas Chiropractic Relief at 517-882-0251 or online. We look forward to helping you maintain an active Lansing lifestyle.