Herniated Disk Treatment Options

Posted on: June 16, 2018

Anyone who is suffering from terrible back pain, especially low back pain could have a herniated disk. This is something that we treat in our office by doing so can help our patients to feel significantly better.

What is a disk?

Most people are unfamiliar with this part of the body. The disk is a cushion between each of the vertebrae in the spine. The spine is not a single refused. Instead, it is made up of vertebrae that are carefully stacked all the way from the hips to the skull. Since the bone touching bone can be quite painful, there are disks between each of the vertebrae that serve as a cushion or pillow for the bone. When a person moves, even if they are twisting or bending, the vertebrae never touch each other.

What is a herniated disk?

If that cushion slips out-of-place, that is a herniated disk. A herniated disk can also occur when some of the soft, jelly-like interiors begin to leak through an opening in the hard or exterior of the disk. Any time that disk is not in the correct position and full of essential liquid, it will not provide the level of cushion necessary to prevent pressure on nerves running through the spine.

What happens when a disk becomes herniated?

The nerves which run through the spinal cord will experience irritation when under excessive pressure. This can lead to side effects like:

  • Numbness in the arms and legs
  • Tingling sensations
  • Burning sensations
  • Weakness, especially in the arms and legs

When this happens, the bones can also begin to touch each other, causing significant amounts of pain.

What causes a herniated disk?

The exact cause can be different for each patient. These are some of the more common reasons for this condition:

1. Degenerative disc disease

Degenerative disc disease is an age-related disease that tends to impact people over the age of 50. As a person ages, the water inside these discs can decrease.  It is not fully known why older people suffer from degenerative disc disease. However, staying in good overall health and maintaining a healthy weight may reduce the risk of developing it.

2. Injury

If the back sustains an injury or there is trauma from exercising/lifting something heavy, it is possible to damage the discs in the spine. This is common after a workplace injury or car accident.

3. Obesity

People who are obese or excessively overweight are at a greater risk for problems with their back, including their discs.

Our treatment is noninvasive

Anyone who thinks they may have problems with one of the discs in their back should visit our office for help. Our treatment is noninvasive so there is no recovery time. However, many of our patients begin showing improvements right away.

 

Visit our office today

If you are suffering from a herniated disk, there is hope for relief. Visit our office to see how our treatment can help you feel better immediately.

To find out more information, you can reach us here: https://www.acumedwi.com.