Disc Herniation

Symptoms and treatment options

Symptoms Of Disc Herniation

What are Vertebral Discs: The vertebral discs are a two part structure in between each of our spinal bones. The outer (hard) part is the Annulus and the inner (soft) part is the Nucleus Pulposus. The discs allow for movement of our spinal bones and are under constant pressure.


Low back pain

Disc Herniations can cause low back pain, and/or shooting pain into the legs and feet.


Neck pain

Disc Herniations can cause neck pain, and/or shooting pain in the arms and hands.


Arm/Leg Pain

Disc Herniations can cause pain in the arms and legs that may coupled with numbness and tingling.

How to know if you have a Disc Herniation

Disc Herniations can cause an array of symptoms including (but not limited to): Neck/Low back pain, numbness/tingling in the hands and feet, muscular spasms, burning pain, and muscle weakness. Patients with low back disc herniations often find it painful to perform tasks such as: repetitive bending, mopping, sweeping, lifting, getting up from seated position and others. The definitive tool to diagnose a disc herniation is a MRI.


Treatment options for Disc Herniation

There are a wide variety of treatment options when it comes to dealing with disc herniations. If you think you have a disc herniation and have not improved, we can help.

1. Nothing

Many patients suffer with disc herniations without relief for months or even years. Disc herniations usually don’t improve without proper treatment.

3. Spinal decompression/traction

Spinal decompression works by reducing pressure within the disc allowing your herniation or herniations to heal. This is best when combined with spinal manipulation.

5. Spinal surgery

Surgery is the last resort for disc herniation sufferers. Only a small percentage of the population needs to undergo surgery. The purpose of surgery is to save the pinched nerve from permanent damage or relieve unrelenting severe pain.

2. Spinal manipulation

Spinal manipulation can help with small to medium disc herniations by improving the spinal biomechanics and giving the disc a chance to begin healing.

4. Spinal injections

Injections primarily treat the symptoms or nerve pain related to disc herniations. Injections can be combined with other conservative treatments such as manipulation and decompression.