Find out how chiropractic treatment can restore nerve function with herniated discs.
Most people don’t realize that back and neck pain aren’t the only issues that people with a herniated disc deal with. A herniated disc can also compress the nerves. When people notice numbness or tingling in the extremities we know how disconcerting this can be. Perhaps a doctor has told you that surgery is the only way to correct it. Many people dealing with nerve problems as a result of a herniated disc have turned to our Tampa, FL, chiropractors Dr. George Kollias, Dr. Autumn Scaz, and Dr. Elissa Pally of Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy for nonsurgical treatment options to restore nerve function effectively.
What is a herniated disc?
The spinal column is made up of discs. While the outer layer of each disc is hard, the inner layer is soft. When there is a crack in the hard outer layer, the soft material inside can push through the crack. This is known as a herniated disc. A herniated disc can occur as a result of an injury, but can simply occur when there is too much stress placed on the spine due to poor posture, improper lifting technique or simply being overweight.
How does a herniated disc affect nerve function?
If you have a herniated disc in the lumbar region, you may experience shooting pain in the buttocks known as sciatica or experience numbness, tingling, or weakness in the legs. Herniated discs that compress nerves in the cervical region of the back may result in pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling of the arms and hands.
How can a chiropractor treat a herniated disc?
Many people dealing with herniated discs, particularly ones that impact nerve function, turn to our Tampa, FL, chiropractic team because they are looking for an effective treatment option to restore nerve function without resorting to surgery. While surgery may still be necessary for some patients, it isn’t ideal for everyone. There are several strategies that Dr. Kollias will employ to help improve neck and back pain, as well as nerve function. These therapeutic options include,
Chiropractic adjustments: By helping to realign the discs of the spine, we can take pressure off the compressed nerves while improving how the spine functions as a whole. This can also improve blood flow to areas, facilitating the healing of damaged or inflamed tissue, ligaments, and nerves.
Flexion-distraction: This chiropractic technique will help to move the soft central part of the disc back into its proper alignment, which will also improve circulation and spinal movement. This technique is incredibly effective for treating bulging and herniated discs.
Rehabilitation and exercises: We will also provide you with various therapeutic exercises designed to retrain and strengthen the muscles around the spine to improve mobility and function. These exercises along with the treatments we offer in-house can help to improve the health and function of the spine with herniated discs.
If you are dealing with nerve issues due to a herniated disc and you’d like to avoid disc surgery, our Tampa, FL chiropractors, Dr. Kollias, Dr. Scaz, and Dr. Pally, may be able to help. To schedule an evaluation, call Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy at (813) 884-1457.