The pain and irritation experienced from a herniated disc can feel pretty isolating and harrowing, but having a “slipped” or “ruptured” disc is actually very common, with the Cleveland Clinic stating that it can occur anywhere in the spine, occurs most often in people aged 35 to 55 years, and is more common in men than in women. With fantastic advances in back pain treatment for herniated discs in recent years, do you know which is right you?

 Back Basics

The spinal column is made of 33 bones called vertebrae. Between the bones are soft, rubbery “discs” that act as shock absorbers. A herniated disc occurs when pressure on the disc forces some or all of the gel-like center called the nucleus pulposus out of a weakened or torn part of the tough, fibrous outer layer called the annulus. A herniated disc “pinches” nearby nerves, causing neck pain and headaches, weakness, numbness, or radiating pain in your arms and legs, and muscle tightness and spasms in your neck and back.

Depending on the nature and severity of the injury, your overall health, and the variety of symptoms you may be experiencing, which herniated disc treatment would be best for you?

Is it (A) – Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic care involves treating the musculoskeletal system and spine, and should be a cornerstone of back pain treatment. A study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiologic Therapeutics shows that 90% of patients report substantial improvements within three months of receiving their first chiropractic adjustment. The findings confirm that both chronic and acute herniated discs can be effectively treated by chiropractic care.

(B) – Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy plays a major role in herniated disc treatment. Exercises for core stability, flexibility, and muscle strengthening not only offer immediate pain relief, but they also teach you how to condition your body to prevent further injury.

(C) – Spinal Decompression?

Use of a spinal decompression table is a back pain treatment that uses whole body vibration to relax muscles spasms in your spine and body, and which generates a negative pressure inside your vertebral discs to alleviate pain and dysfunction in your back through gentle traction. This not only takes pressure off of your pinched nerves, but helps relocate any bulging discs and moves the herniated nucleus back into position.

 Or (D) – All of the Above?

Depending on your condition, your most effective option for herniated disc treatment may be Spinal Rejuvenation Therapy. This approach is a comprehensive program which reduces back pain and restores posture and nervous system function by combining the healing foundation of chiropractic care, the use of therapeutic exercises for postural strengthening and stretching, spinal decompression, and state of the art modalities including vibration therapy, electrical stimulation, cold ice therapy, and more.

Have You Been Struggling with Herniated Disc Related Pain?

Advanced Wellness & Rehab is proud to offer a Spinal Rejuvenation Therapy program as a safe and gentle, non-surgical, and drug-free alternative for treating your chronic neck, back, or sciatic pain. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today for your free consultation and evaluation.