Disc Herniation 101 | Chiropractor for Disc Injury in Lubbock, TX
Hello, Dr. Greg Marin at 1-Spine Chiropractic, and here, our Chiropractors treat disc injuries almost every day. Lower Back Pain is perhaps the most common reason that people come into our office looking frail. After all, lower back pain is the number one cause of disability in America, affecting more than 80% of people at some point in their lives. Here’s Disc Herniation 101 and everything you need to know about the recovery process!
Treating Disc Injuries
There are many different causes of lower back pain, such as muscle strain or vertebral subluxation. The one cause of severe lower back pain more than anything else is disc issues and disc injuries. That’s what we’ll be discussing today. Before discussing what causes the disc injuries and how to treat them, it’s important to understand exactly what we’re dealing with. Due to prolonged causes, such as repetitive movements, or more immediate like trauma, the rings of the cartilage can be damaged. When this happens, the nucleus of the disc takes the path of least resistance and pushes into the damaged space. This is typically not symptomatic for the individual and they would not know at the time the disc is injured or when it would occurred. The disc material pushes through the disc into the spinal canal where the nerves are here. This can be extremely painful for the lower back and even cause pain to travel down the legs, like sciatica. At this time immediate intervention is required in order to have the best prognosis going forward. Traditional medicine usually treats disc herniations using opioid medications for pain or steroid injections, but some do require surgical intervention, if less invasive treatments are unsuccessful. However, there are more conservative treatments that are effective at treating the root cause of the problem that’s helping the symptoms to dissipate.
The Chiropractors here at 1-Spine treat people with disc injuries on a daily basis. We’re here to help you!