Herniated Disc Treatment
At Rainier Sports & Spinal Rehab we see and treat different types of back injuries. One of these can involve a disc, otherwise commonly known as a herniated disc. This can be serious in patients and cause debilitating pain. Herniated discs can develop from a slip and fall, auto accident, sports injury, and other methods. Our medical staff in Puyallup has the experience to assist you with your recovery process.
What Is a Herniated Disc?
The vertebrae in the back are separated by tiny cushions that are called discs. The job of these discs is to prevent the vertebrae in the back from rubbing against each other. They also prevent the nerves from being compressed as they leave the spine. These discs can rupture over time, particularly following traumatic accidents. This means that the vertebrae in the back will lose their cushions, leading to a herniated disc.
What Are the Herniated Disc Symptoms?
If someone has suffered a herniated disc, there are a few symptoms that could appear. The most common symptom is a shooting pain that travels down the leg. This is because the two most common examples of a herniated disc include the disc between L3 and L4 or the disc between L4 and L5. These are in the lower back. Nerves leave this location and travel down the legs. If there is a herniated disc in this location, this can compress the nerve, leading to shooting leg pains.
How Does a Chiropractor Treat a Herniated Disc?
Many patients are diagnosed with herniated discs every year and many wonder if they will need surgery. Most cases can respond with proper rehabilitation. At Rainier Sports & Spinal Rehab we will perform a thorough evaluation to determine if we can help you. We may have to refer for an MRI to confirm if you have a herniated disc or not. If we are able to provide treatment, our treatment can include hands on soft tissue therapy, spinal manipulations, traction, stretches, hot/cold packs, and functional exercises. When treatment doesn't help reduce your pain and discomfort we can refer you out to the proper medical professional.
Contact Rainier Sports and Spinal Rehab Today to Make an Appointment
We provide effective treatment for herniated discs at Rainier Sports & Spinal Rehab. If you are living in pain from a herniated disc we would like to provide an effective treatment plan for you to get back into pain free everyday activities. Please contact us at 253-445-0440 and schedule a free consultation to help answer any questions you should have.