A herniated disk can be incredibly tricky to diagnose, and providing effective herniated disk treatment can be even more challenging.
Some instances of a herniated disk may improve through rest. You may need professional treatment if your symptoms last for more than several days or worsen unexpectedly.
What is a Herniated Disk?
A herniated disk is also called a slipped or ruptured disk. It is a condition in which the rubbery disk found between the bones in the spinal cord slips out of place.
A herniated disk does not always cause any issues and can sometimes improve without professional treatment. However, a more severe herniated disk can place pressure upon the surrounding nerves in the spine. This pressure can cause a pinched nerve that will likely lead to pain, numbness and weakness in the affected area.
Fortunately, there are chiropractic techniques that can treat treated a herniated disk.
Herniated Disk Treatment
Many instances of a herniated disk are not able to be fully treated through rest or general medicine. Some patients are turning to chiropractic care for relief. Here at our chiropractic clinic, we have the equipment and expertise to help you return to full health after a herniated disk.
Here are a few of the chiropractic techniques we may use during herniated disk treatment.
Flexion-distraction is a very effective way to relieve the symptoms of a herniated disk.
The flexion-distraction technique works by distracting, or stretching, the spine and placing a pumping rhythm upon the affected area. This action in many cases allows the disk position to improve and move away from any nerve it may be affecting.
Flexion-distraction usually requires multiple treatments. It is one of the more successful long-term strategies for herniated disk treatment.
One of the main goals in herniated disk treatment is to allow the healing process to occur as quickly as possible. One of the best ways to speed up the healing process is to apply ultrasound therapy to the affected area. The ultrasound helps to increase blood flow which can reduce inflammation and pain. It also encourages damaged tissue to heal around the disk.
Often, we use ultrasound therapy alongside flexion-distraction to provide the most effective herniated disk treatment plan possible.
Heat and cold
Another effective way to speed up the healing process is to apply a series of heat and cold therapy to help reduce any existing inflammation and provide increased blood flow to the affected area.
The exact manner in which heat and cold therapy are applied is different for each patient. We will often use this method in conjunction with other chiropractic techniques for herniated disk treatment.
Do not ignore a herniated disk
If you have back pain and think you may have a herniated disk, then call our office for an evaluation. You may simply need rest or basic chiropractic care.
If your symptoms have worsened or lingered for an extended amount of time, speak with us to learn more about our herniated disk treatment methods.
If you would like to learn more about Herniated Disk Treatment and the various treatments we provide, call 262-200-8000 to schedule a consultation.
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