Herniated Disc Treatment
The 23 spinal discs in your spinal column are important structures that provide mobility, stability, and shock absorption. When one of these discs ruptures, you might struggle with significant pain and dysfunction. If you are experiencing pain and suspect you have a herniated disc, contact PA Chiropractic and Rehab Center in Waynesburg to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cozart.
What is a Herniated Disc?
A spinal disc is a soft, disc-shaped structure covered by cartilage and filled with a gel-like fluid. A disc will herniate if the outer cartilage tears and the inner fluid leaks out. The damaged disc can press against the nearby nerves or joints, resulting in pain. Herniated discs can occur anywhere in the spine, but are most often found in the lower back and neck regions. These are similar to bulging discs, in which the disc bulges out of place but doesn't actually tear.
Herniated Disc Symptoms and Causes
Some people can have a bulging or herniated disc but have no pain or discomfort. When a herniated disc is large enough to compress a nearby nerve, you will likely experience a combination of the following:
- Pain, numbness, and weakness in an arm or leg
- Pain and muscle spasms in the spine
- Reduced mobility and activity tolerance
Advancing age is a common risk factor because spinal disc tissue becomes weaker and less pliable over time. Our patients with herniated discs frequently have other risk factors, like poor posture, sedentary lifestyles, and careers or hobbies that require frequent bending, twisting, or heavy lifting. Herniated discs can also develop suddenly due to a physical trauma like a fall or a car accident.
Treating Herniated Discs
One of the main goals of treating a herniated disc is to alleviate pressure on the nearby nerves. We can facilitate this using chiropractic techniques like manual adjustments, non-surgical spinal decompression, and exercises to improve your core muscle stability and endurance. Lifestyle counseling, nutritional counseling, and even custom orthotics can help by supporting a healthy spine and improving your movement throughout the day
Dr. Cozart is the only chiropractic physician in the area that is certified in the IQ Adjusting Technique. This is an innovative yet gentle technique that helps measure how your spine is moving during an adjustment and optimizes your healing. This treatment is especially effective for treating sciatica and other common conditions that are associated with herniated disc.
Get Herniated Disc Treatment in Waynesburg, PA
If you live in or around Waynesburg and are experiencing pain that could be caused by a herniated disc, schedule an appointment with Dr. Cozart at PA Chiropractic and Rehab Center. Call our team today at (724) 852-4222 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.