The Symptoms of a Herniated Disc and How Your Chiropractor Can Help
A herniated disc means that there is a problem with one of the discs (a rubbery cushion) between the vertebrae (individual spinal bones). Spinal discs have a soft center that is surrounded by a tough exterior and when the soft center gets pushed out through a tear in the exterior, it is known as a herniated disc or a ruptured disc. If you have a herniated disc it can irritate the nearby nerves, causing pain, weakness and/or numbness in your arm or leg. However, some people may not experience any symptoms at all from a herniated disc. If you suspect you may have a herniated disc, it is essential that you visit your chiropractor in Hiram for an exam to determine the best treatment plan.
Symptoms of a Herniated Disc
Although the symptoms may vary from one person to the next, most herniated discs occur in the lumbar spine area (lower back), but they may also occur in your neck. The most common symptoms of a herniated disc may include:
- Pain in your leg or arm - If you have a herniated disc in the lower back, you will generally feel the most pain in your thigh, buttock, and calf as well as part of your foot; however, if the herniated disc is in your neck, the pain will generally be in your shoulder and arm.
- Tingling or numbness - Those who have a herniated disc frequently experience tingling or numbness in the body part that is served by the nerves that have been affected
- Muscle weakness - The muscles that are served by the affected nerves generally tend to become weak, which may cause you to stumble or prevent you from lifting or holding items.
Keep in mind that you may have a herniated disc without being aware of it. They often show up on spinal images of people who have no noticeable symptoms of a problem with their discs. Routine chiropractic care is a great way to ensure your spine is healthy at all times, so schedule an appointment for a routine chiropractic exam whenever possible.
How Can a Chiropractor in Hiram Help?
You should seek help from your chiropractor as soon as possible if your pain is worsening or you are experiencing more numbness than usual in the affected area. There is a wide range of treatments available from your chiropractor to help ease the discomfort associated with a herniated disc. Chiropractic care involves non-invasive and drug-free treatments that may include physical therapy, massage and/or spinal manipulations.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
To schedule a consultation to determine if you may have a herniated disc, contact Cornerstone Chiropractic in Hiram. You can schedule an appointment with us by calling 770-439-7765 today!