Disc Herniations and How Correcting Your Posture Can Reduce the Risks
We commonly see patients that seek out our care and expertise because they have unfortunately herniated or caused one of the spinal discs in their back to bulge resulting in excruciating pain and discomfort. When this happens there is no good position that person can put their body in to help relieve the pain. These people will commonly experience things such as pain and numbness that travels down the arms and into the hands, or pain and numbness that travels down the legs and into the feet. This pain is commonly also accompanied by the feeling of weakness in the arms and legs. Most of the time these symptoms are only on one side of the body but can be bilateral if the disc herniated straight into the spinal canal impinging the spinal cord. Now let’s talk about a few of the most common problems we see at the Functional Wellness Center in Scottsdale Arizona that led up to and cause these types of unfortunate injuries.
The first and most common is the patient’s spine is not in the proper position or alignment. What we mean by this is a person’s spine is supposed to have proper curvatures when looking at it from the side and be straight when looking at it from the front. When the spine is not in its proper position or alignment it puts excess pressure in different areas of the spine and causes increased pressures to be applied to different areas of the spine that were not meant to handle this type and amount to load for extended periods of time. When this happens to the spinal discs they will wear at an accelerated pace and eventually, they may herniate. When we see patients with this type of injury these are the people that did something they have done a thousand times like bending over to pet the dog or tie their shoes, something that should not put increased pressure on the spine and boom the disc herniates and they know immediately something is extremely wrong and they need help as soon as possible because like I said before there is no comfortable position they can get their body in that does not cause excruciating pain and discomfort. Once this type of injury occurs it’s imperative that you get to see a chiropractor that is certified in Chiropractic Biophysics like those at the Functional Wellness Center in Scottsdale Arizona. These doctors have the knowledge and specialized equipment to properly assess and treat not only the symptom but the underlying condition as well.
Next are disc herniations that come from patients that have done something that has caused them a major injury. These are the people that lift a load that is too heavy for them. A lot of the time they are holding this load out in front of them and twist to one side or the other and suddenly they hear the dreaded popping sound which is actually the rings inside their disc rupturing and causing a major disc herniation. This person is in immediate pain and discomfort and the area that is affected becomes instantly hot and swells up. These types of injuries usually respond very well to chiropractic care if the patient follows their treatment plan and completes all the exercises and stretches that are prescribed to them.
The last type of disc herniation we see quite often are from patients that have degenerative disc disease. This is a condition where the discs in between the vertebrae start to break down and wear away. This can happen from years of improper posture or incorrect lifting habits but is more commonly seen in people over the age of 50. These patients will experience pain and discomfort that comes and goes and is usually worse with activity. The pain is usually a dull ache that can turn into a sharp pain if the disc herniates. These patients will also experience increased pain and discomfort when they are sitting or standing for long periods of time. Chiropractic care can help these patients by keeping their spine in alignment and taking the pressure off of the discs. These patients need to stay active and not let their condition worsen by becoming inactive.
Disc herniations are a serious condition that can cause a lot of pain and discomfort. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms, I have mentioned it is important that you seek chiropractic care from a chiropractor certified in Chiropractic Biophysics as soon as possible. At the Functional Wellness Center, we specialize in posture correction by utilizing patient-specific spinal traction to remold the patient’s spine back into the proper position thus taking the pressure off of the discs and letting your body heal and become stronger so things like this no longer happen. The sooner you get treatment the better your chances are of a full recovery. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call Functional Wellness Center in Scottsdale Arizona at 480-741-2418 or visit our website www.chiropractorscottsdale.com.