Herniated Disc (Bulging Disc)
Between the vertebrae of your spine are 23 discs which act as a spacer and shock absorber. These discs have soft, gel-like centers surrounded by layers of fibrous tissues. Sometimes, due to an injury or just aging, the material in the middle of a disc pushes to one side or even ruptures. This is called a bulging or herniated disc. Bulging or herniated discs can appear in the neck (cervical spine), middle and upper back (thoracic spine), or low back (lumbar spine) .
- Pain – the severity and location of the pain depend upon which disc is herniated and how large the herniation is.
- Pain may spread over the buttocks, down the back of one thigh and into the calf
- Pain may be in one or both legs
- Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the legs or feet
- Bowel or bladder changes
- In severe cases inability to find comfort even lying down
- Inability to fully straighten your neck or back
- Numbness, tingling, or weakness in one or both arms
How Chiropractic Therapy Can Help
Chiropractic care works on relieving pain and correcting complications associated with herniated disks. Chiropractic therapy includes adjustments and simple manipulation which reduce joint restrictions or fix spine and/or joint misalignment. In addition, Dr. Forster draws on acupuncture and other therapies to tailor treatment for each patient.
The following additional strategies may help you reduce your chance of having a herniated disc: practice good posture – stand and sit straight, keeping your back straight when lifting. Maintain a healthy weight. Exercise regularly. Ask Dr. Forster about exercises to strengthen your back and stomach. Don't wear high-heeled shoes. If you sit, get out of your chair every 20 to 25 minutes and walk for several minutes.
Call (813) 788-3232 today for a complimentary consultation.