Herniated Disc Treatments: What You Should Know

When you begin to suffer from unprecedented, debilitating back pain, you find yourself wondering what could possibly be the problem. After a visit to your doctor and/or a spinal clinic, you find out that you have a herniated disc. Now, herniated discs are usually not particularly dangerous to your health, but they can hurt like crazy, and can eventually cause troublesome complications including numbness and bladder dysfunction. If the pain of your herniated disc is too great, or you suffer from the more sever complications, you need to know your herniated disc treatment options and choose from among them.

Chiropractic Care

While you may not realize it, a visit to the chiropractor can help with a number of problems and conditions, including herniated discs. Chiropractic care is designed to treat skeletal issues and misalignments, particularly in the spine. As such, a chiropractor is something of an expert when it comes to spinal care and pain management.

When you get to your chiropractor visit, let your chiropractor know you have a herniated disc and which disc it is. They will be able to design a treatment program of spinal manipulations that will ease your pain without worsening your condition or further damaging your spinal discs. You will feel instant relief after a visit to the chiropractor, and regular treatments will help you cope with and manage your pain. 

Spinal Decompression Therapy

Spinal decompression therapy is a treatment option that is known as a type of traction therapy. Your doctor or physical therapist will have you lay down on a traction bed or motorized device and will stretch your spine gently.

These gentle stretches are meant to relieve pressure from the spaces between your vertebrae (spinal discs). They can also be used to retract and/or reposition your herniated disc relieving pressure on your surrounding nerves and muscles that may be causing or contributing to your back pain. 

Spinal Surgery

Most cases of herniated discs can be resolved using conservative or non-surgical treatments such as rest, hot and cold compresses, and the aforementioned chiropractic care and spinal decompression therapy. However, if symptoms persist or worsen, and you begin to suffer from paralyzing numbness or a loss of control of your bladder or bowels, spinal surgery may be your only viable option to regain control of your life. 

The standard surgical intervention is to remove the herniated or protruding portion of the disc, thus relieving pressure and pain. The remainder of the disc is left intact and the spine essentially heals and returns to normal.

Some rare cases may call for the disc to be removed completely, depending on the extent of herniation and other factors. This surgery is more extensive as the vertebrae then need to be fused to prevent friction and displacement, or an artificial disc needs to be implanted. 

As you can see, there are a range of treatment options available for your herniated disc. All you need to do is weigh your options and choose the one that is right for you. You do not have to suffer through your pain alone, so be sure to seek out treatment from a spinal clinic, like Alberta Back & Neck Rehab, to ease your discomfort.