Herniated Disc Relief: FAQ
Dr. Korey Kothmann and the rest of our team at Lubbock Advanced Physical Medicine have answers and solutions for your back problems. Here are the answers to some questions our chiropractor regularly receives regarding herniated discs.
What Is a Herniated Disk?
Vertebrae that compose the spine are protected by cushion-like disks that have a strong outer layer that surrounds an inner nucleus. When a portion of the nucleus of a spinal disk is forced out of the outer layer of the disk, a rupture or tear occurs. This is known as a herniated disc.
Is a Herniated Disc Painful?
Some herniated disks do not result in pain. However, most herniated discs contribute to neck pain, back pain, leg pain, arm pain, stiffness, and tenderness in the spine. Sometimes, the chronic pain associated with herniated disks becomes unbearable.
What Causes a Herniated Disk?
Herniated disks are caused by several things. A herniated disc can result from degradation of the disc over time. It can also be caused by a traumatic injury. If a disc has already been weakened, a minor strain can cause it to rupture. Our chiropractor will determine the root cause of your herniated disc and perform treatment accordingly.
Is There Any Way to Avoid Surgery?
While surgery is necessary in cases of severe herniation, surgery is typically not required to recover from a herniated disc. Chiropractic care is an appealing method of herniated disc treatment because it is natural and non-invasive. Rather than masking your symptoms with prescription medication or resorting to invasive surgery, we will relieve your pain and promote your body’s natural ability to heal itself.
How Can a Chiropractor Help?
Several specialized methods may be used by our chiropractor to cautiously move the problematic disk away from nerves. The procedure alleviates discomfort, and the pain associated with a herniated disk. Precise treatment will vary depending on the location and severity of the herniation.
Chiropractor in Lubbock, TX
For more information on herniated disc treatment or to schedule an appointment, call Lubbock Advanced Physical Medicine at (806) 791-3399.