Relieve Your Herniated Disc Symptoms With The Help Of Our Chiropractor In Portsmouth
A herniated disc can happen from a neck or back injury. The result is often acute or chronic disc pain and reduced range of motion. Fortunately, disc pain is one of the many conditions our Portsmouth chiropractor treats at Atlantic Chiropractic Center. You or a loved one can access drug-free, surgery-free spinal adjustments and therapies to relieve the symptoms.
What is a Herniated Disc?
The spine consists of joints, bones, and intervertebral discs located between the bones. The discs are filled with a gel-like substance that protects the spine from injury by absorbing the shocks from movements. The term herniated disc, bulging disc, or slipped disc is used to describe an injury where the disc bulges or protrudes. When a disc ruptures or herniates, the gel-like material seeps out and touches nearby nerves, resulting in herniated disc symptoms.
What Causes the Disc to Herniate?
Bulging disc commonly occurs in the flexible part of the vertebrae, usually the neck or back spine. An accident, workplace, or sports injury to the neck or back may cause a disc to slip out of place. Anything that puts excess pressure on the spine can damage the disc. Seniors are more likely to experience a herniated disc since aging makes the disc prone to cracks and leaks. Other factors or conditions include:
- Excess weight
- Misaligned spinal joints
- Degenerative disc disease
- A direct blow to the neck or back
- Heavy lifting or improper lifting technique
Herniated Disc Symptoms
A ruptured disc may cause neck pain, arm pain, back pain, leg pain, stiffness, or tenderness. The pain can be mild to excruciating and result in reduced range of motion. Pressure on the nerve in the neck or lower back can trigger numbness, tingling, or weakness in the upper or lower extremities.
Our Chiropractor in Portsmouth Can Help Treat Bulging Disc
We will do a thorough physical evaluation, including an x-ray, to pinpoint the root cause of your symptoms. We may, then, tailor an integrative wellness plan that provides significant relief.
A neck or back adjustment using a technique called spinal manipulation offers a range of benefits. Dr. Clough is certified and experienced in performing this treatment using various manual techniques. He can also use a tool called the Pro-Adjuster to realign the spine, move the disc material away from the nerve, and relieve pressure on the nerve root. Spinal adjustments can additionally stimulate the flow of nutrients to help reduce inflammation, heal the discs, and restore nervous system balance.
Massage therapy, corrective exercises, and stretch therapy are other natural methods that work to increase flexibility and promote further healing.
Visit Our Chiropractor in Portsmouth Today!
Atlantic Chiropractic Center currently serves clients in Portsmouth, NH, and the surrounding Seacoast communities. Call 603-436-9229 to make an appointment for chiropractic relief from herniated disc symptoms.