Have you or a loved one suffered a herniated disc? Chiropractic treatments can help. We offer non-invasive care that can reduce the amount of pain you feel, increase your range of motion, and improve your body’s chances of healing itself without medication or surgery.
We can tell you more about the Davie herniated disc treatment options that may work best for you. Call Specific Care Chiropractic at (239) 369-9109 and make an appointment today.
What Are Herniated Disc Symptoms?
How can you tell if you have a herniated disc versus another condition that also causes back pain? Herniated disc symptoms, as the Cleveland Clinic states, vary greatly depending on where the herniation occurs. This condition can affect the upper, middle, or lower back, although herniated discs are the least common in the middle back.
Here are some symptoms to look out for if you believe you have a herniated disc:
- Pain in the affected area
- Trouble bending over or moving your neck
- Pain or tingling that radiates out into the extremities (arms or legs)
These symptoms also occur with other conditions, and herniated discs occasionally cause other medical problems—such as sciatica—that can further complicate the situation. A good way to ensure you receive the right diagnosis and the right treatment is by talking to a doctor at Specific Care Chiropractic.
What Is a Herniated Disc?
A disc is a small, flattish “cushion” that keeps the individual bones in the spine from grinding against each other. You have many of them in your spine. They are located between each pair of vertebrae.
Most people do not think about these discs (or any other part of their body) unless something goes wrong. Many events or conditions could cause a disc to break or become dislocated. The Mayo Clinic describes a few, including:
- Frequent sitting: Exercise helps keep your body fit and limber while sitting too long can put pressure on the discs.
- Frequent activity: Moving too much or in unhealthy ways (e.g., not lifting with the legs) can injure the discs or cause them to wear out faster.
- Age: As people age, their bodies naturally become less resilient and more prone to injuries, even if they remain fit and eat healthily.
- Accidents: In rare cases, a car accident, a sports injury, or a fall could damage a disc.
When a disc moves or is pushed out of its proper place, your vertebrae could come into direct contact. The dislocated disc may also touch a nerve. Either way, you could experience pain and other unpleasant symptoms.
Herniated discs are also referred to as slipped discs, bulging discs, or ruptured discs.
How Do You Treat Herniated Discs?
There are several ways to approach herniated disc treatment. At Specific Care Chiropractic, we offer the following treatment options to herniated disc patients.
- Exercise: Specialized stretches and exercises can relieve herniated disc pain. Also, if your herniated disc was caused by too much sitting, our physical therapists can teach you exercises to keep it from happening again.
- Chiropractic adjustment: By manipulating the spine, we may be able to “nudge” a herniated disc back into place, easing pain.
- E-STIM: Electrical muscle stimulation, despite the name, is not painful. It uses low levels of electrical impulses to heal damaged tissue and improve your body’s ability to repair itself.
Chiropractic care is a low-risk, non-invasive option for herniated disc patients. You can undergo chiropractic treatment by itself or in combination with care recommended by your other doctors. We would be happy to coordinate care with your other providers.
Which Herniated Disc Treatments Do You Offer?
We believe in treating every patient as an individual, not just a set of symptoms. Our team works to provide quality treatment in the following ways.
Making the Right Diagnosis
While herniated discs may not require much treatment beyond pain management, other conditions with similar symptoms could be more urgent. To rule out the presence of a dangerous condition, we can:
- Talk to you about your symptoms
- Order x-rays, MRIs, or other tests as necessary
- Ask you about your prior treatments and your other medical conditions
Once we have a proper diagnosis, we can start recommending treatments.
Answering Your Questions
When you go to a new doctor and receive a new diagnosis, you likely have many questions, including:
- Will this condition get worse?
- Is treatment available?
- How much will treatment cost?
- When will I start to feel relief?
- What if treatment doesn’t work?
Our team is here to address every one of your concerns. Feel free to ask all of your questions, either at the appointment or by phone if you think of one after you get home.
Guiding You Through Treatment
We perform all of our suggested treatments in our office, where you can receive personalized attention from your doctor and our entire Davie herniated disc treatment team.
If we can complete treatment in one session, we will. If you need more than one session, we can estimate how long it may take you to complete treatment and help you manage expectations.
Dealing with Insurance Companies
Your health insurance policy may cover some or all of the cost of treatment. We can send them any information they need regarding your:
- Recommended treatment
- Reason for connecting the injury to a particular event
If you are considering seeking reimbursement from another party’s insurer—for example, if you were injured at work, or if you were hit by a reckless driver—we can send this information to you or your legal representative. You can then pass it on to the other party’s insurer as proof of your injury.
Call About Davie Herniated Disc Treatment Today!
The doctors at Specific Care Chiropractic are ready and waiting to hear about your herniated disc and recommend the treatment that is right for you. Call (239) 369-9109 to schedule your first appointment. Our patients come from Davie and many other South Florida communities.