Here at Lakewood Ranch Chiropractic in Bradenton, our wellness team help patients find pain relief using holistic chiropractic healthcare. Patients seek chiropractic treatment for issues that commonly arise from spinal column imbalance, causing pain in the back. The back is a complex structure with many moving parts. An imbalance in the spinal column can affect nerves that travel through the entire body, creating pain in areas other than just the back. Chiropractors are commonly known for treating back pain, but many people do not realize that an imbalanced spine can cause other body pain. A common culprit of this pain is a herniated disc, which our team can help you with.
Herniated or Bulging Disc
To understand what a bulging disc is, one must know something about the structure of the back. The upper (cervical) back contains seven bones. The middle region (thoracic) contains twelve bones. The lower (lumbar) back has five bones. These bones are called vertebrae. As the human body moves, twists, and extends through daily or strenuous activities, it undergoes strain. The bones' strain and impact are absorbed in the tissue between each of the vertebral bones, called discs. The discs make up of two layers. There's a soft inner cushion protected by a more rigid outer lining. When the inner layer slips or seeps through the outer layer, that is a herniated disc. Herniated discs are most commonly experienced in the back's lumbar region but can also happen around the neck.
Causes of herniated or bulging discs are:
- Poor posture
- Weak ergonomics
- Sudden impact injuries
- Heavy lifting
- Spinal degeneration
Treatment of Herniated or Bulging Discs
Our team can treat bulging disc pain using spinal manipulation and low force techniques. Chiropractic massage therapy can provide relief from pain. Icing the area can minimize inflammation, adding to a reduction in pain. Treatment may also include pelvic traction, gentle massage, ice and heat therapy, ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation, and stretching exercises. Rest is critical to avoid re-injury. We will work with you to find exercises and activities to reduce pain and possible re-injury.
Come Find Wellness at Lakewood Ranch Chiropractic
Schedule an appointment with our team at Lakewood Ranch Chiropractic in Bradenton to find relief from your back pain. Herniated discs can be painful but don't need to get in the way of life. We look forward to helping you with your wellness goals. Contact us at (941) 739-2900 to find out how!