Do you treat spinal disc injuries?
Spinal disc injuries generally respond very well to conservative chiropractic care. The vast majority (95%+) of spinal disc injuries can be treated successfully conservatively (without surgery). Disc injuries do tend to respond somewhat slowly because of the bodies poor blood supply to the disc. For the few that do need surgery, the indications for surgery include prolonged severe uncontrolled pain, failure to respond to conservative therapy and major progressive neurological deficits.
Your body’s response to spinal disc injury can cause several secondary problems:
…….1. The muscles around the disc may tighten or spasm.
………2. The nerves that exit the spine can become pinched.
………3. Inflammation sets into the disc, joints and muscles.
………4. Postural changes and body imbalances may occur.
If left untreated, spinal disc injuries can lead to neurological damage and spinal disc decay.
What is a spinal disc injury?
While the spinal discs are designed to withstand significant amounts of force, injury and other problems with the disc can occur. When the disc ages or is injured, the outer portion (annulus fibrosus) of a disc may be torn and the disc’s inner material (nucleus pulposus) can herniate or extrude out of the disc. Each spinal disc is surrounded by highly sensitive nerves, and the inner portion of the disc that leaks out contains inflammatory proteins, so when this material comes in contact with a nerve it can cause pain that can travel down the length of the nerve. Even a small disc herniation that allows a small amount of the inner disc material to just touch the nerve can cause significant pain. Besides pain, nerve involvement can cause weakness, numbness and tingling.
How do you treat spinal disc problems?
Spinal disc problems are usually treated with a combination of the following:
- Chiropractic adjustments ( restores proper motion to joints, restores proper alignment to joints, and relieves pressure on nerves)
- Physiotherapy ( muscle stimulation, heat, ice, ultrasound, etc)
- Massage / manual muscle work
- Lumbar support / brace
Questions? Contact us or call 763.494.4900 and a friendly staff member will be happy to assist you!
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