What is a herniated disc?
A herniated disk is a common condition that can be painful and debilitating. People also refer to it as a slipped disk or disk prolapse. In some cases, it can lead to pain, numbness, or weakness in the limbs.
Symptoms normally reduce or resolve after a number of weeks, but a person may need surgery if they persist or get worse.
What causes a herniated disc?
A herniated disk occurs when the soft internal section of an intervertebral disk protrudes through the outer layer. The human backbone, or spine, consists of 26 bones called vertebrae. Between each vertebra lie rubbery, cushion-like pads called “disks.” These disks help keep the vertebrae in place and act as shock absorbers. Spinal disks have a soft, jelly-like center and a tougher exterior. A herniated disk occurs when some of the soft interior leaks through a crack in the wall of the disk. This most commonly occurs in the low back but can also occur in the vertebrae of the neck. Think of a jelly doughnut when the soft jelly center comes out one of the sides of the doughnut.
The escape of this “jelly” is thought to release chemicals that irritate nerves in the surrounding area and cause significant pain. The prolapsed disk may also put pressure on nerves and cause pain through compression. The cause of a leaking disk is usually gradual wear and overuse as a result of repeated movement over time or can be from an acute injury. Spinal disks lose some of their water content as a person ages causing compression and possible shearing of the outer ring holding the jelly in. It is not always possible to recall the exact point when a disk problem begins, but it often occurs when lifting objects without bending at the knee or after twisting while lifting a heavy item.
What kind of treatment is available for a herniated disc?
Herniated Disc Treatment Elmwood Park, IL can vary depending on your physician. Traditional therapies such as medication, injections, physical therapy, traditional chiropractic therapy, and acupuncture all can help relieve the pain and dysfunction from a herniated disc, but none of these herniated disc treatments Elmwood park, IL actually will help the disc to heal on its own. There are only 2 herniated disc treatment Elmwood Park, IL options that will actually directly impact the disc and not the surrounding tissues is spinal surgery or non-surgical spinal decompression therapy. Spinal surgery can be everything from cutting a small piece of the disc out to provide more spacing for the spinal nerves or fusion of the lumbar vertebrae providing more support to the spinal structures. Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression therapy gently elongates the spine and creates a negative pressure cause the inflow of blood, oxygen and nutrients back into the disc allowing the disc to heal on it own.
What kind of Herniated Disc Treatment Elmwood Park, IL is right for you?
That is for you to decide. Any person suffering with herniated discs should be given all the treatment options for their condition so that they can make the best informed decision for their specific condition. Dr. Michael Taylor, DC and his staff have been providing Herniated Disc treatment Elmwood Park, IL for the past 19 years. Dr. Taylor introduced Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy to his patients over 4 years ago and it has changed his practice to focus on this non-surgical technology. Dr. Taylor offers a complimentary consultation to see if Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression therapy is the right herniated disc treatment Elmwood Park, IL for you!