Mission Valley Chiropractor: HERNIATED DISC
San Diego Chiropractor helps patients suffering from herniated disc.
Understand the Term Herniated Disc and Treatment Options
Numerous terms have been used for the condition known as a herniated disk. This spinal disk pathology and the pain connected to it are known as a pinched nerve or a bulging disk, or even a slipped disk. These terms have been used reciprocally to describe the condition and what is imperative is that you get a clear comprehension of the condition. To determine what the cause of this condition is, medical experts either look at your medical history, or undertake a thorough medical examination. For them to determine the condition, you are required to go through one or more diagnostic tests if necessary.
What is a Herniated Disc?
When the soft inner part of the disk swells right through the outer layer you will have a herniated disk. There is a bit of a contrast in the symptoms depending on where the swelling occurs and if it constricts any of your spinal nerves. Older adults are more likely to suffer from the condition compared to the younger generation. You can suffer from a slipped disk in any area of your spine from the neck downwards to the lower back although the most common area where this happens is the lower back. You will generally feel pain and have numbness on one side of your body when you have this condition. The pain will broaden to other areas of the body including the arm and leg and will become acute at night or when you make certain movements. The pain will always become acute when you sit down for a period of time and when you walk short distances. You will also experience weakness on your muscles and a tingling feeling in the area that is affected.
Chiropractic Care for Your Herniated Disc
For most people with the herniated disc condition, the problem begins as a minor situation and then escalates until you begin to feel the symptoms. Research has been shown that chiropractors can assist to ease the pain and the symptoms of the herniated disc.(1-3)
During your first appointment, the chiropractor will look at your medical history and perform a physical examination. They will also do some tests known as orthopaedic and neurological tests. This will help them determine a number of issues. They want to find out if your reflexes are affected or not and if you have suffered from a loss of muscle strength or if there are manifestations of muscle wasting. They also want to determine if there is loss of sensation on a path of a nerve. They will also examine your posture and appraise your spine.
Once they are through with the examinations, they will determine the next course of action. If you have an injury on your intervertebral disc, they will look at the extent of the injury and determine what to do. If you have lost your strength, sensation and reflexes, or have other neurological complications, you may be referred to a spine surgeon. Chiropractors usually have a treatment plan that involves spinal adjustments, manual therapy and therapeutic exercises. These are specifically developed for every individual’s treatment plan. Should your condition not improve, the chiropractor may advise and co-manage your situation with the help of a medical specialist and probably with a spine surgeon.
Unlike conventional health care, chiropractic care is a non-drug and non-surgical, safe alternative health care. It is safe even for people that are suffering from other conditions as arthritis, or injury and pregnancy.
Most PPO insurance companies also cover the cost of chiropractic care. If you have sciatica or any of the above symptoms, visit your Mission Valley chiropractor for evidence-based, quality, safe and effective sciatic relief.
With over 15 years experience, Dr. Kim Khauv is an award winning, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) public health and prevention trained, National Board certified, corrective care chiropractor who has published and presented research nationally and internationally in chiropractic care, wellness, and prevention. He provides safe, effective, and evidence-based chiropractic care to his patients both at his private practice in Mission Valley, San Diego and to active duty military members at Navy Medical Center San Diego. Conditions that have responded well to chiropractic care are headaches, migraines, neck pain, back pain, pregnancy related back pain, sciatica, and auto injuries. Call 619-862-3195 today to start enjoying life again.
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