A herniated disc is a common ailment. Herniated discs are usually a matter of degree. In fact, many people have them without even realizing it. If your herniated disc causes you pain, however, it’s a different story. If yours is so painful that you’ve obtained a diagnosis, your herniated disc is more serious; but it certainly doesn’t mean that you’re destined to undergo surgery anytime soon. Sometimes, a painful herniated disc will even heal on its own. Your herniated disc is unique to you, and your healing process will likely depend on the severity of your herniated disc and on your overall health.
Your Herniated Disc
Your discs are the rubbery cushions that fit between the individual bones or vertebrae that stack together and form your spine. When herniated, a disc leaks out some of its jelly-like interior through a tear or rupture in its tough exterior. This herniation can irritate that area of your spine and can lead to pain.
Caring for Your Herniated Disc
Conservative treatment is becoming the favored method of treatment for many musculoskeletal issues like herniated discs. An experienced chiropractor will examine you and discuss the severity of your herniated disc with you. Additionally, your chiropractor will make chiropractic adjustments and will physically work with your body to help you heal and find comfort more quickly. Finally, your chiropractor will discuss your lifestyle and overall health profile with you and may offer you a therapeutic exercise regime, nutritional suggestions, and lifestyle tweaks to help you move past your herniated disc and its attendant pain.
Your chiropractor will continue to see you regularly until your herniated disc heals and the pain subsides, which can be a fairly speedy process. Most important, your chiropractor will ensure that, whenever possible, you benefit from conservative care rather than invasive treatments and harsh medications.
If You Have a Herniated Disc, Contact a Tampa Bay Chiropractor Today
If you’ve been diagnosed with a herniated disc, there’s no need to panic. An experienced Tampa Bay chiropractor will help you on the path to natural recovery. At Tampa Bay Spine & Injury, we provide truly integrated physical medicine and will work closely with you to treat your herniated disc and to alleviate the pain associated with it. We have two offices that are conveniently located in Brandon (813-381-3852) and St. Petersburg (727-898-3852), so please call us for more information about how we can help you find lasting relief for your painful herniated disc.