Family Medicine & Chiropractic located in Lewisville, TX
A bulging disc, ruptured disc, or pinched nerve — whatever you call it, a herniated disc is a common source of neck and lower back pain for too many Americans. The qualified medical and chiropractic team at BBC Health in Lewisville, Texas specializes in accurately diagnosing and treating herniated discs, nonsurgically, to help you get relief from painful symptoms. This family medicine and chiropractic team offers effective pain-relief methods like spinal decompression and bracing. Call the office or schedule the next available appointment online if you’re suffering from herniated disc pain.
Herniated Disc Q & A
What is a herniated disc?
A herniated disc happens when the soft, inner core of a disc in your spine leaks into the outer core of the disc. The soft, rubbery discs in your spine sit between each vertebrae providing cushioning and acting as shock absorbers. When part of the center of the disc pushes through the outer edge, it puts pressure on the nerves in your spine and causes pain, numbness, or weakness.
A herniated disc most often occurs in your lower back or in the discs in your neck. This condition can make it difficult to walk, sit, or get comfortable lying down. A ruptured disc may make your arm or leg feel weak, and it’s a common reason for sciatica — a lower back pain problem.
What causes herniated discs?
Herniated discs are most often the result of wear and tear; simply part of the natural aging process. As you age, the water content in your discs decreases and the discs lose the flexibility they had in your younger years. Additionally, factors that may weaken your discs include:
- Being overweight
- Lifting something heavy
- Repetitive, strenuous activity such as work or playing a sport
Herniated discs are most common in adults between the ages of 35-55, and they’re more common in men than women. In some cases, you may have a herniated disc and not even be aware.
What are some effective treatments for herniated disc pain?
The experts at BBC Health take a comprehensive approach to treat and diagnosing your back and neck pain. They perform diagnostic imaging tests and order MRIs if needed. Once they have a clear picture of your condition, they may recommend a treatment plan that includes spinal decompression and durable medical equipment (DME) bracing for your low back and neck, as needed.
Physical therapies, stretching exercises, and maintaining a proper weight can also lessen pain from herniated discs. Spinal decompression therapy is another nonsurgical way to relieve the pain and promote healing. This therapy relieves pressure on the affected discs in your spine and helps pull the bulging material back into its proper position in your disc so you can heal.
You don’t have to suffer from lower back and neck pain. The friendly, knowledgeable team of doctors and chiropractors can help you get relief naturally. Call the office or schedule a consultation online.
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