The herniated disc is a two-faced injury.
At its most casual, the body will heal itself without the person having any clue there was a problem. For the unlucky, the pain can be so pitiless that surgery is considered a necessity: with herniated discs, pain determines the frame of mind. Chiropractic is for those who are somewhere in the middle. For those who are unconvinced about surgery, but cannot live comfortably with their pain, we offer a course of manual therapy and mild exercise that attempts to mitigate the pain, allowing your body the time it needs to heal itself.
A herniated disc is a condition affecting the intervertebral discs that accentuate the spine. For such small structures, these discs play a pivotal part: giving our body the shock absorption and range of motion that makes us able to do the activities we love. But this means they have a fast-tracked lifespan, degrading faster than most other parts of the body.
The discs are composed of two main parts: the annulus fibrosus, or outer ring and the nucleus pulposus, a gel-like core. These structures are vulnerable to direct trauma but, more often, herniated discs are caused by years of wear and tear that end in a breaking point: herniation is when the annulus fibrosus cracks or tears, allowing the gel like core to leak outwards. Pain comes when this leak or bulge pressurizes the nearby nerve.
At American Canyon Chiropractor, we offer a dynamic form of conservative care that can heal your injury naturally and strengthen the back to prevent recurrence. For all but the most severe of herniated discs, the body will heal itself. To this end, our treatment is a supplement that helps to relieve pain in the meantime and speed the recovery.
Call our office in American Canyon at (707) 864-2223.
Dr. Stephen Rasmussen, D.C