The Cleveland Clinic estimates that 2% of the adult population in America gets herniated discs every year. That may not sound like much, but 2% of the adult population translates into millions of people. If you have a herniated disc, you are not alone. Fortunately, there are many treatments available for herniated discs. Our chiropractor at Mael Chiropractic provides quality chiropractic care for a variety of health issues, including herniated discs. If you live in or around Boston or Allston, contact Dr. Mael to schedule an appointment.
What is a Herniated Disc?
There are gel-like cushions in between the vertebrae of your spine called discs. When they get injured, the gel pushes on the nerves, causing a variety of symptoms.
Symptoms of a Herniated Disc
The pain appears anywhere from your neck down through your legs. The pain can be shooting or sharp. It gets worse when you move, and usually improves when you rest. There is often numbness in one or more areas of your body. There can also be an odd tingling sensation as if your body part has woken up after being asleep. Parts of your body, such as your legs or back, may feel weak.
Warning: Never Self-Diagnose
The symptoms of a herniated disc are nearly identical to other medical conditions like neuropathy, piriformis syndrome, and sacroiliac joint disease. Never assume that you know what is causing your symptoms. You need to get diagnosed by a doctor or chiropractor so that you can quickly get the right treatment.
Hot and Cold Therapies for Herniated Discs
One effective and drug-free way to treat herniated disc symptoms is with a combination of heating pads and cold packs. Cold reduces the pain and inflammation. The heat helps the muscles relax and stimulate your circulation, bringing more healing cells to your injured areas. Place the heating pad or cold pack against your lower back for 15 or 20 minutes a few times per day. Heat is best when you just wake up or before you stretch. Cold helps after activities.
Do Herniated Discs Heal on Their Own?
Sometimes, herniated discs do get better by themselves after a few weeks. However, if your symptoms do not improve after a few weeks, or become worse, then you need to seek medical attention.
Chiropractic Care for Herniated Discs
A chiropractor can provide a variety of services to help you with your herniated disc. Gentle spinal adjustments help to reduce inflammation and pain. It is your nerves that send pain signals to your brain. Chiropractors evaluate and improve your posture while you sit and stand so that you cause the least amount of pressure on your nerves.
Contact Mael Chiropractic for Herniated Disc Treatment
There is no need to suffer from the pain of a herniated disc. If you live in the Boston or Allston areas, contact Mael Chiropractic to make an appointment with Dr. Mael. Call our team today at 617-787-8700 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.