Herniated Disc

Access Chiropractic Center

Chiropractor located in Rock Hill, SC

Numbness and tingling in your arms and hands or sharp, shooting pain into your legs and feet can signal a disc herniation in your neck or low back. To get relief from the discomfort and help your herniated disc heal, visit Access Chiropractic Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Chiropractor Jeffery Muschik, DC, has more than 15 years of experience providing hands-on conservative care for disc herniations so you can find relief. To book an appointment, call or use the online scheduling tool today.

Herniated Disc Q & A

What is a herniated disc?

A herniated disc — also called a bulging or slipped disc — is an intervertebral disc in your spinal column that has been damaged and allows the inner gel-like layer to leak or bulge outward, possibly putting pressure on surrounding nerves. Different factors, including wear-and-tear and trauma, can lead to damage of the fibrous outer layer of the discs.

Herniated discs may become chronic if left untreated or if you experience repetitive trauma that prevents the injured disc from healing fully.

What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?

Herniated disc symptoms can vary based on your anatomy, the size of your disc herniation, and your daily activities. Possible symptoms of a disc herniation include:

  • Neck or back pain
  • Numbness and tingling in your arms or legs
  • Sharp, shooting pain in your arms or legs
  • Weakness in the muscles of your arms and legs
  • Muscle cramps
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Pain that worsens with coughing, sneezing, or using the restroom

There are discs located between every vertebra in your spine from your neck to your lower back. Disc herniations are most common in the lower back and neck, though they can occasionally occur in the mid-back at your ribcage.

What causes a herniated disc?

Different types of trauma and repetitive movements can damage the outer fibrous layer of your discs, including:

  • Bending and twisting
  • Lifting something heavier than you’re used to lifting
  • Poor form when lifting weights or during exercise
  • Compressive forces when running or jumping
  • Prolonged poor posture, especially if you sit for long periods
  • Decreased core strength
  • Trauma, such as a direct blow to your back or a car accident

In some cases, discs that are irritated or wearing out due to age or chronic wear-and-tear may be prone to herniation with small, everyday movements, like bending forward to tie your shoes or sneezing.

How are herniated discs treated?

At Access Chiropractic Center, Dr. Muschik focuses treatment for herniated discs on relieving your pain and any associated nerve symptoms along with healing the disc to prevent recurrence of symptoms. Treatment may include:

  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Spinal decompression or traction
  • Electric muscle stimulation
  • Massage therapy
  • Rehabilitative exercises and stretches

Dr. Muschik also teaches you strategies to prevent the pain from returning, including stretches you can do at home, proper form when lifting, and core and spinal stability exercises.

To get relief from your disc herniation symptoms, call Access Chiropractic Center or schedule a visit online now.