Herniated Disc

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Paladin Chiropractic

Chiropractors located in Winter Park, FL

A herniated disc might lead to widespread back pain and can be debilitating if it’s left untreated. At Paladin Chiropractic in Winter Park, Florida, experienced chiropractors Brandon Orsino, DC, and Michael Rodriguez, DC, naturally treat herniated discs and other disc disorders for pain relief, allowing you to avoid pain medicine and invasive surgeries. Schedule an appointment with Paladin Chiropractic over the phone or online to learn more about herniated disc treatments.

Herniated Disc Q & A

What is a herniated disc?

A herniated disc occurs when a disc in your spine — the jelly-like substance located between two vertebrae to cushion and protect them — gets damaged or leaks. If this happens you may experience back pain or sciatica due to irritated nearby nerves. Treatment helps relieve symptoms and can restore your quality of life.

What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?

The following signs and symptoms are often associated with herniated, or ruptured, discs:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Back pain
  • Arm or leg pain
  • Weakness

Herniated discs often occur in the low back, which is why lower back pain is a common symptom of the injury. Ruptured discs may also appear in your neck.

What are herniated disc risk factors?

The cause of a herniated disc is often due to wear-and-tear associated with age or an injury. Possible risk factors include:

  • Genetics
  • Age-related degeneration
  • Heavy lifting
  • Twisting or turning your spine while lifting
  • Falling down
  • A blow to the back
  • Excess body weight
  • A physically demanding job
  • Smoking

Sometimes the cause of a herniated disc is unknown. If you experience severe back or neck pain, or pain that doesn’t subside within a few days, see your Paladin Chiropractic specialist for an evaluation. 

How is a herniated disc diagnosed?

Your chiropractor reviews your medical history and symptoms to diagnose a herniated disc. They also evaluate your spine and may use blood tests or imaging procedures to confirm a diagnosis and develop a personalized treatment plan.

What is the treatment for a herniated disc?

Paladin Chiropractic specialists use natural, holistic treatments to relieve pinched nerves and pain associated with herniated discs. Examples include: 

Chiropractic adjustments

Your chiropractor manipulates your spine into proper alignment using a series of chiropractic adjustments. They specialize in the Activator Method® and use their hands or special devices to place pressure on targeted areas of your back and spine.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy helps strengthen muscles and joints near a ruptured disc to accelerate healing, alleviate pain, and prevent reinjury. 

Massage

Massaging areas near a herniated disc and pinched nerves can relieve pressure and stimulate your body’s natural healing response.

Weight loss and nutrition counseling

Weight loss, nutrition counseling, and dietary supplements can further enhance healing and prevent future injuries. 

Heat and cold therapy

Using heat and cold treatment, including diathermy and cold laser therapy, can reduce inflammation and pain associated with a herniated disc.

Electrical stimulation

Your chiropractor may use electrical stimulation before or after chiropractic adjustments to stimulate and relax your muscles.

Don’t live with pain associated with a bulging disc, take addictive medicines, or undergo surgery when holistic treatments are available at Paladin Chiropractic. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online today.