If you think you might have a herniated disc, you probably have a lot of questions as well as a variety of uncomfortable symptoms. Fortunately, churn creek Chiropractic in Redding, CA, can help you gain a better understanding of this condition. Check out these answers to frequently asked questions about herniated discs and their treatment.

What Are Intervertebral Discs?

Intervertebral discs are the “shock absorbers” of your spinal column. They have a fluid inner zone (called the nucleus puplosus) which is surrounded by a resilient outer container of cartilage (called the annulus fibrosus). The discs are flexible enough to cushion the vertebrae against shock, yet resistant enough to maintain the right degree of separation between discs.

What Happens When a Disc Herniates?

If the annulus firbrosus becomes weakened or is exposed to extreme pressure, part of it may protrude outward until it finally ruptures. This causes the nucleus pulposus to push its way out of the disc and on to nearby nerve tissue.

What Causes Herniated Discs?

Herniated discs often start as bulging discs, which occur due to a combination of age-related fluid loss and continuous musculosksletal stresses and strains. A lifetime of poor posture or obesity might make you more vulnerable to bulging or herniated discs. A high-impact auto collision or other accident can also produce herniated discs.

What Are the Symptoms of a Herniated Disc?

Herniated discs cause pain in the neck or back, not only from the pressure they exert on nerve tissue, but also from the irritation produced by the leaking nucleus pulposus. Nerve pressure in the cervical spine can cause pain, tingling, muscle dysfunction, or numbness in the upper extremities. Nerve pressure in the lumbar spine can cause similar symptoms in one or both legs.

How Does Chiropractic Care Treat Herniated Discs?

Chiropractic care offers a non-surgical answer to herniated disc problems. One of the most useful options is flexion-distraction technique, in which a special treatment table applies gentle forces to the spine, pulling the herniated disc back into place. Manual chiropractic adjustment can also help by correcting alignment problems that promote bulging or herniated discs.

What Other Treatment Methods Does Your Redding Chiropractor Offer?

Our Redding chiropractor may prescribe massage therapy as a helpful complement to your herniated disc treatment, relaxing your muscles for easier adjustment sessions. We may also recommend corrective exercises and lifestyle changes.

Find Your Herniated Disc Solutions in Redding

Ready to find the solutions to your herniated disc dilemma? Call our Redding, CA, chiropractic clinic at (530) 221-4991. We’ll be more than happy to provide the non-surgical spinal treatment you need!