A herniated disc causes more than pain. It causes you to miss important social events. It causes you to miss work. What’s more, it can cause you to schedule your life around your new ailment. Here, you may wonder what options you have—if any.
Specific Care Chiropractic offers Buckingham herniated disc treatment. We aim to decrease your pain and increase your range of motion. Through a customized treatment plan, you could feel better than you did before. Interested in setting up an appointment? Call (239) 369-9109 to connect with our team.
Your Treatment Options After Suffering a Herniated Disc
Your treatment options ultimately depend on many factors unique to your situation. They include your age, weight, and any pre-existing health conditions you have. After we diagnose and assess your condition, we may include one or more of the following treatments into your regimen:
A herniated disc can send pain that radiates to different parts of the body. Through massages, we aim to reduce inflammation and pain. Massages also improve circulation, delivering oxygen to your limbs and extremities.
Electrical Muscle Stimulation Therapy (E-STIM)
Some people see the term “electrical muscle stimulation therapy” and immediately think: “No, thanks.” Yet, E-STIM is a painless, non-invasive procedure that aims to break down scar tissue and promote blood flow. Here, one of our physicians uses a small instrument that delivers electrical pulses into the affected tissue.
If you undergo rehabilitative therapy with our team, you’ll spend a lot of time in our facility’s Rehab Room. This area features equipment that aims to strengthen your body and alleviate pain. The equipment you use depends on your condition.
For instance, if you have a cervical disc herniation, you could benefit from using an exercise ball. Our team can guide you through each of these exercises, optimizing your chance of recovering fully.
Our Team Supplies Information That Could Bolster Your Personal Injury Claim
At Specific Care Chiropractic, we aim to be a one-stop shop for our patients’ needs. In addition to offering treatment, we supply the information needed to support your possible personal injury claim. We know that the more information you have to back up your claim, the more straightforward the claims process could be.
We can supply you with:
- Your physician’s written testimony
- Your imaging scan results, such as x-rays and MRIs
- Invoices outlining your treatment costs
- Information about your injury’s possible cause
We May Suggest Lifestyle Changes After Assessing Your Herniated Disc
There are many underlying causes of herniated discs: genetics, gradual trauma, and age. Yet, sometimes, lifestyle choices play a role. If applicable, we may suggest that you:
Mayo Clinic reports that people who smoke are more likely to suffer herniated discs. That’s because smoking affects how oxygen flows throughout the body. The more oxygen your body gets, the less likely you are to suffer back pain and other ailments.
Take Time Off Work
Some labor-intensive jobs (like the construction industry) are inherently stressful on the body. If you’re suffering from a herniated disc, bed rest, and relaxation could help your body heal. Pushing your body beyond its limits can only worsen the pain you feel.
Overweight people are more likely to suffer herniated discs, especially those in their lumbar spine. That’s because their weight puts too much pressure on their back. We may suggest limiting your caloric intake, partaking in light exercise, and reducing your alcohol consumption.
Wear Different Shoes
High-heeled shoes (and no, not just the ones for women) can put undue pressure on your back. We may ask that you wear flat-soled shoes (like sneakers) while you undergo treatment.
How to Prepare for Your First Visit at Specific Care Chiropractic
When you schedule your first appointment, we may suggest that you:
- Wear comfortable clothing. You don’t want to wear skin-tight clothing while undergoing treatment for a herniated disc. You want to feel comfortable and wear something that doesn’t restrict your movement.
- Bring any relevant medical documentation. If you previously saw a medical doctor for your herniated disc, you might have copies of imaging scans, the names of your medications, and other items. Bringing this information to your first visit helps us accurately diagnose your condition and create a customized treatment plan.
- Eat a light snack beforehand. While undergoing rehabilitative care, we want you to focus on the task at hand—not on your grumbling stomach. Yet, you don’t want to be so full that you can’t move. Eating a light snack offers the energy you need to complete your treatment regimen.
Frequently Asked Questions About Receiving Herniated Disc Treatment
We want you to feel fully confident about moving forward with our team, so we’ve compiled some questions you may have about undergoing treatment. You may wonder:
How Long Does It Take to Recover From a Herniated Disc?
How long it takes to reach maximum medical improvement (MMI) depends on your health profile. Cleveland Clinic notes that herniated discs generally heal within four to six weeks. Yet, this timeline may not reflect your own recovery period. Still, you can rest assured that we’ll do everything in our power to help you recover.
Does a Herniated Disc Need Surgery?
Surgery generally isn’t necessary for a herniated disc, so chances are, you won’t have to undergo surgery. Yet, if you require care beyond what our facility offers, we can connect you to another provider in our network.
Does Specific Care Chiropractic Have Doctors on Staff?
Our team comprises chiropractic doctors with more than 30 years of combined experience. We rely on the latest scientific findings to curate the best possible treatment plans for our patients. We also adjust your treatment plan as needed to suit your goals.
Call Specific Care Chiropractic to Connect With Our Herniated Disc Team
Our team is ready to schedule your first appointment now. We have several locations in Southwest Florida for your convenience. You don’t have to struggle with the pain of a herniated disc in Buckingham any longer. To set up an appointment, call (239) 369-9109.