Discs are round cushions that separate each of your vertebrae and offer a cushion that keeps your spine from being bone-on-bone. Chronic lower back pain or a sharp pain higher in the spine may be caused by a herniated disc. Our chiropractor in Newtown will evaluate your back pain, confirm if the condition is from a hernia, and provide non-surgical disc treatments to resolve the issue. Contact our team at Makefield Chiropractic and Wellness Center if you are experiencing back pain.
What is a Herniated Disc?
If the discs are the pillows of the spinal cord, the pillowcase would be the annulus fibrosus. The annulus fibrosus is a tough material, but it can be prone to cracking. When a disc is herniated, it means that the internal part of the disc, the nucleus pulposus, has left the confines of the annulus fibrosus.
What Causes a Herniated Disc?
The majority of cases of herniation involve an instance of sudden pressure put on the spine. This usually involves lifting something heavy or lifting something the wrong way, such as lifting with the back instead of the legs.
Several things can wear down the annulus fibrosus. Someone who does frequent lifting of heavy objects will wear theirs down more rapidly than someone who is sedentary. This also exposes the person to more opportunities to lifting something heavy and herniating a disc. Age also softens the annulus fibrosus, making it easier to herniate a disc though lifting less often or lifting lighter objects.
Treatment for Herniated Discs
Chiropractic care is an excellent option for treating back pain. Our chiropractor will assess your medical history and perform an evaluation of your spine. Dr. Sangiorgio will determine the severity and type of injury that has occurred and create a treatment plan. Each treatment plan is individualized for each patient and may include manual therapy, laser therapy, axial decompression, and therapeutic exercises. Best of all, chiropractic care does not rely on pain medication or invasive procedures like surgery to produce results.
Get Chiropractic Care for Your Herniated Disc in Newtown, PA
You do not have to live with frequent back pain. Chiropractic care addresses the issue at the source to provide pain relief and encourage the recovery process. Call our team at Makefield Chiropractic and Wellness Center today at (215) 860-9660 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.