Herniated Disc Treatment From Oxford Rehabilitation Center
Herniated discs can cause pain and numbness in multiple areas of the body. If you are experiencing pain or other symptoms related to a herniated disc, Oxford Rehabilitation Center in Philadelphia, PA, can provide treatment to help you relieve pain and live a healthier life.
What is a Herniated Disc?
A herniated disc, also called a slipped or bulging disc, happens when there is a tear in the structure that helps cushion the space between each individual vertebra. Between each vertebra, there are tiny inner tube type structures filled with a jelly substance. These inner tubes act as a cushion to absorb impact between vertebrae. A small tear can sometimes occur in the inner tube structure where the cushioning jelly is released into the body. When this happens, the vertebrae can put pressure on other parts of the neck or back, causing nerve pain. Most often, herniated disc injuries do not result in a traumatic injury. This type of injury usually occurs as the body degrades over time and becomes more common with age.
What are Some Herniated Disc Symptoms?
Many people report pain in the arms or legs. Typically, discs that are herniated in the lower back will result in pain in the hamstrings or buttocks. If the bulging disc occurs in the neck, people report feeling pain in the shoulders or arms. Often, the pain occurs with sudden movements. Herniated disc symptoms can also result in numbness or tingling, which can manifest itself as weakness in the body. People have reported experiencing difficulty holding on to items or gripping objects due to weakness in the arms or hands. Additionally, people may feel clumsy, stumbling and tripping more if the weakness extends through the legs.
How Can a Chiropractor Help?
A chiropractor works to adjust the alignment of the spine and body. If you have a herniated disc, a chiropractor can align the body to relieve pressure on the spine. The chiropractor can also help alleviate pain in the tissues surrounding the bulging disc area. By going to the chiropractor to reduce pain stemming from a herniated disc, you are able to avoid invasive treatment options, like surgery. A chiropractor can also recommend physical therapy treatment to help restore any muscle or range of motion loss experienced as a result of the disc injury.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
At Oxford Rehabilitation Center, we love helping our patients as if they were members of our own family. Our professional chiropractor is eager to meet you. We are conveniently located in Philadelphia, PA. Please call us today to schedule an appointment at 215-725-2000. We can't wait to help you begin a pain-free life!