Herniated discs most commonly occur in the lower back in older individuals and individuals who carry excess weight in their abdomens while also occurring in the upper back and neck. The most common cause of a herniated disc is degenerative disc disease. They are diagnosed when a portion of the disc has slipped out of place and can be treated non-surgically with chiropractic care.
The good news is that herniated discs can be treated non-surgically with chiropractic care, even if your family doctor has stated that you’d be a good candidate for surgery. Chiropractic care of herniated discs always starts with a complete examination and x-rays of your back to precisely determine the location of the herniated disc and its severity. Once a complete diagnosis has been made, our chiropractor may recommend manual or instrument adjustments, specific chiropractic techniques, like flexion-distraction, and non-surgical spinal decompression, which is typically performed on a chiropractic spinal decompression table that gently stretches the spine in order to give the disc more room to retract and heal. As your disc starts to retract, you’ll notice less pain and better range of motion in your spine.
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