Your back and neck, which is also known as the spinal column is made up of 33 bones called vertebrae. In between the vertebrae are discs made up of cartilage that hold the bones together and act as shock absorbers for the spine and allow for slight motion of your back and neck. Victoria family chiropractor Dr. Stephanie Louie sees a lot of patients suffering from disc injuries at Mind Body Spine. “Discs can become injured from simple overuse injuries, such as prolonged sitting or chronic poor posture, which may lead to a disc herniation or bulged disc. There are also other risk factors that will increase the likelihood of this type of injury including: being overweight, lifting, bending and twisting.”
The symptoms associated with a bulged disc or herniated disc can be pain, burning, numbness, tingling and weakness. This pain can travel or radiate into your arms and fingers if there is an injury in the neck or into the legs and toes if the bulge or herniation is in your low back. Symptoms can vary and can range from excruciating and searing pain to no pain at all. Some people complain of having to brace themselves before sneezing and coughing while others may have problems with their bowels such as constipation or diarrhea or their bladder, such as urinary incontinence. Because the symptoms can vary so greatly from little or no pain at all to the symptoms listed above, it is always recommended to get a check up by a qualified professional.
There are many treatments for a herniated or bulged discs. “At our Victoria Chiropractic clinic, Mind Body Spine, we get great results by decompressing the discs using a variety of treatment modalities including corrective chiropractic adjustments, spinal decompression and spinal rehabilitation and we see fantastic results. We find that it is not just one thing that gets patients back into good health, but rather a combination of in office treatments and at home rehabilitation that is specifically designed to relieve you of your symptoms. Once this has been accomplished it is also important to find strategies to prevent further re-occurrence of the same injury in the future. It’s also just as important to have prevention strategies for people that do not have any disc problems, to ensure that they stay healthy for life.” Make sure that you are taking the right steps to either avoid or heal from a disc injury by seeing your corrective chiropractor.
The suggestions and advice provided by Dr. Louie should not be relied upon in place of a chiropractic professional assessment.