Bulging or herniated discs is one of the most common and painful spine conditions that chiropractors treat. When in a healthy condition, the discs of your spine act as spacers so your spinal nerves can radiate from your spinal cord without being pinched. Your discs are also your spine’s shock absorbers.
When a disc herniates, it bulges, putting pressure on nerves and even the spinal cord itself, causing extreme pain. The pain is not only in your spine but also shooting down either your arms or legs. In some cases, your limbs can become numb or weak.
An injured disc can degenerate when it cracks, tears or herniates rather than healing properly. Aging and smoking can also lead to disc degeneration as they slow down the blood supply to your discs. Many back specialists prescribe anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants and physical therapy before trying steroid injections or surgery.
With chiropractic care for disc herniation or degeneration, your chiropractor may offer spinal adjustments to realign and mobilize your spine. In its correct position, your disc will stop pinching the affected nerves. Increasing the blood flow to your disc can also help it heal.
In cases of severe and chronic disc herniation with bulges and tears, Dr. Turner offers another approach: DRX 9000 spinal decompression system. Our spinal decompression therapy at Stouffville Health Centre has been shown in peer-reviewed studies to assist in:
Are you looking for a chiropractor in the Greater Toronto Area for non-surgical approaches to disc problems? Visit Dr. Turner at Stouffville Health Centre to discuss treatment plans for your herniated disc or degenerative disc disease.