Knowing the symptoms of a herniated disc is an important first step in recognizing the condition and seeking prompt treatment. Dr. Walter E. Mendoza has years of experience providing herniated disc treatment to residents of Freeport, NY, and the surrounding areas.
What Is a Herniated Disc?
Between our vertebrae are jelly-like cushions called discs. When they are shifted out of place, it is known as a slipped disc. It is similar to a balloon being squeezed in between two objects. Unlike a balloon, though, the disc does not pop so the pressure remains. That pressure causes pain in the affected area and other areas of the body.
How Do I Know If I Have a Herniated Disc?
The most common signs of a herniated disc are muscle weakness, muscle spasms, back pain, neck pain, numbness, and tingling.
What Does a Herniated Disc Feel Like?
The exact pain you feel depends on where the herniated disc is located. If it is in your back, you will usually feel pain in the lower back, down the legs, and down to the feet. If the bulging disc is in your neck, you will likely feel a sharp pain or a burning sensation in your arm and shoulder. In some cases, the pain might shoot down into your leg. The pain will be most intense when you sneeze, cough, or shift into certain positions.
What Causes a Herniated Disc?
Any abnormal movement can cause a disc to “slip”. common causes of herniated discs include falls, auto accidents, and poor lifting technique.
Is There a Cure or Treatment for a Herniated Disc?
Our chiropractor will alleviate the pain associated with a herniated disc before healing the injury itself. Some of our treatment options include:
- Spinal manipulation and decompression
- Corrective exercises
- Lifestyle changes
Our chiropractor will assess your musculoskeletal system before creating a chiropractic care plan tailored to your needs. Every herniated disc injury is different, and we will work with you to provide the best possible treatment.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Chiropractor for Herniated Disc Treatment in Freeport, NY
Call Walter E. Mendoza, Chiropractor, PC, today at (516) 213-4610 for more information or to schedule an appointment.