Where is your back hurting? A chiropractic examination is extremely helpful in finding the true source of the pain, and treating it accordingly. When it comes to herniated discs, the presence of pain can be a confusing sign, because it can be radiated to other parts of the body, obscuring a clear diagnosis.
We generally differentiate based on their location: cervical, thoracic and lumbar herniated discs. Each location has a unique function and therefore a unique set of strains. What they all share in common is the weight bearing and torsion-sustaining burden of the body.
Move your head from side to side: this motion, repeated millions of times both voluntarily and involuntarily over your life span has most likely degraded the discs in the cervical region little by little. The cervical vertebrae and the discs in between are involved in supporting the weight of your head and allowing you to turn it. A herniated disc in the cervical region is most likely to involve localized neck pain that can radiate to the shoulders, arms and upper back.
The thoracic vertebrae are among the least likely to be herniated. However, they can still be injured do to direct trauma resulting from a car accident or repetitive stress. These can cause pain in the upper or lower back, depending on their location.
A lumbar herniated disc is perhaps the most common of the three, as the lumbar region bears the highest percent burden of the upper body’s weight and deals with a significant amount of torsion from the torso. These usually accrue years of wear and tear until they herniate, causing pain in the lower back and sometimes the legs.
Call our office at (707) 864-2223 if you are experiencing back pain of any degree. We can help you determine whether a disc is herniated or if another injury is presenting itself. As the body attempts to heal itself, we give it the extra edge it needs to achieve a full recovery and set it up to prevent further injury in the future.
Dr. Stephen Rasmussen, D.C