Our backs carry the weight of everything we do all day. Though they are adapted to do this, the many moving parts make it easy for something to go wrong. Disc herniation is one of the more common back issues, resulting in a lot of pain and discomfort. Dr. Daniel Jacobsen, with the team at Jacobsen Chiropractic, has the experience necessary to help with this.
What Is Disc Herniation?
Disc herniation occurs when the padding (disc) that rests between the vertebrae slips from its place or ruptures. The nucleus of the pad then leaks out of the case.
Though it can occur anywhere along the spine, it is most common in the lower back. Symptoms can include soreness, and it is also possible for a slipped disc to compress a nerve root.
Disc herniation usually happens due to aging and general wear and tear. Improper lifting practices and injuries to the back can also be a cause.
How Can You Prevent Disc Herniation?
As with many injuries, it can be pretty simple to prevent disc herniation. Use proper lifting techniques, such as lifting with the legs and not the back. Avoid twisting the back while lifting or carrying loads.
Use weight belts if lifting heavy items.
Know your limitations.
Never carry heavy loads for long distances, especially alone. Use a partner if lifting large items.
How Do You Treat Disc Herniation?
The first recommended treatment is to let your back rest. However, resting for too long may cause your muscles to tighten or weaken, so if you are still experiencing pain after a few days, it is time to seek treatment.
Chiropractic adjustments may be used to help ensure the rest of the spine is properly in alignment.
Physiotherapy and physical modalities may be implemented to help with mobility and muscle strengthening.
Nine out of ten people recover from disc herniation without surgery. However, that does not mean they have to tolerate pain while they wait to heal.
When To See A Chiropractor
If you are experiencing a persistent pain in your back, it is time to see a chiropractor. Call 310-657-0366 to schedule a consultation with Jacobsen Chiropractic so that Dr. Daniel Jacobsen and his team can help you get on the path to feeling better.