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Find out what can cause a herniated disk and how getting chiropractic care in Austin can help.
A spinal disk is made up of a hard outer surface with a softer region in the center. If the disk is herniated (sometimes referred to as a “slipped disk”) this means that the soft center is protruding out of a crack in the exterior. A herniated disk may not always cause problems, but it can cause numbness, weakness or even pain. Our Austin, TX chiropractor, Dr. Zeke Harkleroad, is here to talk about what causes herniated disks and how chiropractic treatment could help.
Why am I experiencing a herniated disk?
The most common cause of this spinal condition is wear and tear that happens over time, due to age. This is known as disk degeneration and this problem happens gradually as we get older. Why? Spinal disks contain water, which it starts to lose as we age. As water lessens the disks become less mobile and are more susceptible to tears and ruptures when an injury occurs.
While you may not be able to determine the root cause of your herniated disk, postural habits, traumatic falls, accidents or even lifting heavy object incorrectly are enough to cause disk herniation.
What are the symptoms?
As we mentioned above, not everyone will experience symptoms. Sometimes the only way to determine that you have a herniated disk is through imaging tests. However, sometimes those with herniated disks do experience pain. Here are some of the most common symptoms:
- Arm or leg pain
- Tingling or numbness in a certain body part
- Muscles weakness
If you notice that neck or back pain radiates to your arms or legs and you’re also experiencing weakness, numbness or tingling it’s important that you seek out medical attention.
How can a chiropractor help?
Fortunately, we can help treat your back pain and other symptoms related to your herniated disc. Before we start treatment, we will need to get some information about your medical history and also perform a thorough physical exam.
We will check to make sure that your reflexes are responding properly, that you are losing muscles strength and that there is no loss of sensation along the nerve pathways. We will examine your entire spine, even if you are only noticing pain or issues with your lower back. We want to know how well your entire spine is functioning since a problem in one area can cause issues in other areas. If you are a good candidate for chiropractic care, your treatment plan may include spinal manipulation (also referred to as spinal adjustments), manual therapy and therapeutic exercises. Your treatment plan will be tailored to you based on your health, physical activity level and the severity of your symptoms.
Here at Bee Caves Scoliosis Center in Austin, TX, our goal is to reduce your pain and other symptoms to make it easier to get around. Improve your quality of life by getting the chiropractic care your body not only deserves but also needs to be healthier.
Have you ever heard of a slipped disk? What about a pinched nerve, a bulging disk? If you’ve never seen a chiropractor for back pain, you may not be familiar with any of these terms, but in fact they are all synonymous with a “herniated,” or ruptured, disk. Doctors may not agree what to call this condition, but its symptoms make it easy to identify.
Disk herniation occurs in the spine, when the inner core of a disk breaks through the fibrous outer membrane and leaks out into the tissue around the spine. Herniated disks most commonly strike in the lower back, or lumbar area, but they can occur anywhere along the spine. This condition is accompanied by extreme pain, which can sometimes spread as far as the legs, causing sciatica. Depending on the location of the herniation, someone suffering from a pinched nerve might also experience muscle weakness in the hands, arms, or legs.
What Causes Disk Herniation?
The best-known cause of herniated disks is strain on the lower back. Unfortunately, strain can be caused by a lot of common factors. Lifting heavy objects, overstretching the spine, and simply aging can all provide a sufficient amount of pressure to rupture a disk. When lifting heavy objects, always keep in mind the adage 'life with your legs, not with your back.' Bending at the knees before lifting a heavy box or piece of furniture rests much of the weight on your legs, rather than at the junction of your pelvis and your fragile spine.
Treatment for Herniated Disks
When it’s an option, most chiropractors will try to treat a herniated disk without surgery. Usually, these treatments consist of physical therapy coupled with pain-relieving medications. Should non-surgical treatments fail, lumber decompression surgery may help alleviate back and leg pain caused by herniation.
To get treatment for your herniated disk, or to learn more chiropractic medicine in the Austin, TX area, call (512) 327-5311 today!