Herniated Disc Treatment

Experiencing low back or neck pain is bad enough, but when people think they may have a herniated disc the reaction is often alarm and fear. Although some herniations are very serious, many of them can actually be corrected with conservative care – including chiropractic. In fact, only 2-4% of all low back pain is due to a herniated disc.

What Can Cause a Herniated Disc?

Spinal discs are ligaments that connect the vertebra (bones) of the spine. These rubbery discs provide shock absorption for the vertebrae. Along with other ligaments and joints the discs protect the spinal cord and ensure flexibility of the spine. The disc itself is comprised of a fibrous outer layer (annulus fibrosis) and a more liquid inner portion (the nucleolus pulposus).

A herniation occurs when the nucleus pushes out through the outer fibrous wall. People have often heard the term “slipped disc” which is not specific to any actual injury. A disc “bulge” is different than a herniation in that the outer layer of the disc pushes past the margin of the vertebra, but the annulus has not protruded out of the fibrosis outer layer. (Disc bulges are often asymptomatic, or they don’t cause pain.)

Herniated discs are typically caused by two different mechanisms: 1) A traumatic injury like an automobile collision or 2) a repetitive use injury from bad spinal mechanics often seen in people with physically demanding jobs requiring repetitive twisting, lifting, pulling or bending. Other risk factors include smoking, excess weight, poor nutrition and sometimes there is a genetic predisposition to having weakened connective tissue that affects ligaments including the discs.

Pain is the most common symptom of a herniated disc. The pain can be local, or it can refer and radiate (spread to other parts of the body). If the damaged disc presses on nearby nerves or causes a chemical irritation of the spinal nerves, it can cause pain, numbness, tingling and/or weakness from the point of the injury all the way down the patient’s arm or leg. Some patients may also experience sharp or stabbing back and neck pain along with stiffness and tenderness of the spine and spinal muscles.

90% of all herniated discs are found in the low back and the other 10% are in the neck.

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How is a Herniated Disc Diagnosed?

The gold standard for diagnosing a herniated disc is by an MRI.  However, an MRI is often not necessary initially.  A thorough exam including an appropriate history, orthopedic and neurologic testing, helps determine if MRI imaging is required.

We take a traditional biomechanical approach to assessing the spine, much like an Orthopedist (MD), Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) or highly skilled Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT). We start with a detailed patient history, consultation and examination. Our thorough exam protocol determines if the issue is related to a disc herniation.

Our patients receive a customized treatment plan based on their unique conditions and symptoms. This approach allows us to provide long-term and focused solutions. We find that once properly diagnosed, the right treatment becomes effective to resolve the issue quickly.

Our goal is to ensure each patient feels heard and seen. We value you and aim to understand and treat you as an individual by taking the time to connect and offer personalized treatment. This included herniated disc chiropractic care.

How is a Herniated Disc Treated with Chiropractic Care?

Several medical associations, including the American Physicians Association, have recently changed their guidelines promoting or requiring conservative care (including chiropractic) before invasive procedures like drugs and surgeries due to the rampant opioid epidemic in America.  The opioid epidemic is nowhere near being resolved and ruins families every day in this Country.  The United States comprises 4% of the global population yet consumes 80% of the world’s opioid pain medication. The vast majority of opioid addictions started with properly prescribed medication for low back pain.

Dr. Manteris works with each patient to determine the right diagnosis and treatments that will be most effective to get you back on your feet quickly and safely. Chiropractic spinal adjustments are a safe and effective tool in the management of disc problems. Utilizing a variety of physical modalities that include spinal decompression, soft tissue mobilization, therapeutic exercise, laser and lifestyle modifications.  In most circumstances, spine surgery and injections are not necessary.

There are cases that are not appropriate for chiropractic care. Many patients feel frustrated due to a lack of care management seen in traditional medicine. Dr. Manteris seeks to help patients navigate a path to healing by guiding patients to the right care providers when appropriate.

Contact Broomfield Spine + Injury at (720) 508-3982 for a free consultation to discuss the best course of action to help your body heal from back pain caused by a herniated disc