A herniated disc, also referred to as a bulging disc, is an injury that impacts the discs, located within the spine. The spine is made up of individual bones called vertebra. In between each bone is a small, disc structure. This disc is donut-shaped and filled with a liquid substance. Sometimes, as people age, the walls of the disc become thin and brittle, making them prone to breaking and cracking. When this happens, some liquid gel escapes. This makes movements painful as people walk, bend, jump, and move. While bulging disc injuries are typically considered degenerative injuries, it is possible to have a herniated disc as a result of a direct impact on the spine.
You will feel pain if you suffer a herniated disc. This pain can be sharp and stabbing, or dull and aching. If the damaged disc is in the neck, pain can often be felt in the shoulders, arms, and hands. If the disc is herniated in the lower spine, you may feel painful sensations in the buttocks, legs, and feet. Sometimes, numbness and tingling accompany a disc injury. This can cause you to feel more clumsy than usual, dropping items or tripping more frequently.
A chiropractor works to restore balance and alignment to the body using safe, effective, and non-invasive techniques. The chiropractor has several tools at his or her disposal to help treat a disc injury. Manual manipulation is often used to help put the skeletal and muscular system back into alignment. Furthermore, strengthening and stretching exercises can be helpful to support the soft tissues surrounding the disc injury. Not only can herniated discs cause pain, but they can worsen over time, which can lead to ongoing back and neck medical issues. Chiropractic care can provide the pain relief you deserve.
Trust the team at Advanced Pain Relief Clinic to help treat and alleviate your herniated disc symptoms. With two convenient locations in Kitchener and Owen Sound, we are here to help. Reach out to our Kitchener office today by calling 519-885-3500 or our Owen Sound office by calling 519-376-9355.