Is That Strange Pain Caused by a Herniated Disc?
A herniated disc in the spine can cause pain almost anywhere in the body. This makes it one of the most vexing things to diagnose since time is often spent looking at parts that are far from the actual problem. A good chiropractor in Puyallup, however, can arrive at the proper conclusion far sooner than many other doctors. This is because a chiropractor will typically examine the spine as a matter of course.
Why a Herniated Disc May Hurt in a Strange Place
The biggest cause of pain related to a herniated disc is irritation of the nerves. An irritated nerve will send signals to the brain that indicate a problem, but those signals may indicate that the problem is anywhere along the length of the affected nerve. This makes it so that if the nerve travels to the elbow, for example, it may report that the problem is in or near that elbow instead of the back. This is known as "referred pain."
Referred pain often results in the unnecessary examination of parts unrelated to the actual problem. This can get costly since x-rays, MRI scans, and other such procedures can be involved. It is also time-consuming, and the last thing someone in pain wants is a delay in proper diagnosis.
How a Chiropractor Speeds Up Diagnosis and Treatment
There are two ways that Puyallup WA chiropractor Dr. Earle quickly arrives at the correct diagnosis. First, he is a chiropractor, so he will examine the spine as a matter of course. Palpating the spine, taking x-rays of the back, and other such methods uncover problems like herniated discs. The doctor's chiropractic training also means that he knows just which body parts are connected to each spinal area. Therefore, if you complain of pain in your elbow and he sees a herniated disc in the corresponding area of the spine, he will lean heavily toward suspecting that disc as the real source of your problems.
Thanks to the increased speed of diagnosis, the proper treatment can begin much faster than it otherwise would. There are multiple chiropractic treatments for herniated discs.
What Can be Done for a Herniated Disc
Chiropractors typically start with spinal manipulation when dealing with herniated discs. This helps get the vertebrae, and the discs between them, into their proper positions. Since disc herniation often results from the back being overloaded over time, even by simple gravity, decompression treatments may be included. These help the discs to return to their proper shapes.
To see if a herniated or bulging disc is responsible for your ongoing pain, make an appointment with us here at Rainier Sports & Spinal Rehab. Our phone number is (253) 445-0440.