Herniated Disc Treatment at Bracken Family Chiropractic
Are you experiencing arm or leg pain along with numbness or weakness? Do you notice pain in your back, arms, or legs when you sneeze or cough? These are signs of a possible herniated disc. Unfortunately, as you age, you become more at risk of this issue. Fortunately, at Bracken Family Chiropractic & Massage in Orange Park, our chiropractor can determine if you have a herniated or bulging disc and provide a treatment plan that targets the root cause of your condition.
What Is a Herniated Disc?
Your discs consist of a rubbery outer shell known as the annulus. Inside, you have a gel-like substance known as the nucleus pulposus. When the annulus has a tear due to an injury, aging, or a combination of both, the nucleus pulposus seeps through the tear and places pressure on the nearby nerves and soft tissue.
Herniated Disc Symptoms
Patients often experience symptoms of weakness, numbness, tingling, pain, or a burning sensation from the contents of your disc pushing on the nerves and soft tissue. These symptoms may appear right near the location or extend through the extremities near the location. For instance, the most common location for a herniated disc is in your lower back. When this occurs, patients experience pressure on the sciatic nerve, causing nerve-related symptoms that extend throughout their legs. On the other hand, patients with a herniated disc in their neck or top portion of their back can cause symptoms that affect their arms.
Difference Between Herniated and Bulging Discs
A bulging disc and a herniated disc are often confused with one another, or the terms are used interchangeably. However, these are two different conditions. Herniated disc symptoms tend to be more apparent than bulging disc symptoms. In patients who have a bulging disc, the annulus is weaker than normal, which is why the disc bulges. While a herniated disc results from a crack in the outer, causing the inner layer to leak out, a bulging disc only involves issues with the outer layer.
How We Can Help
Our office provides various treatment options that work to naturally relieve the pain or discomfort caused by a herniated disc. After a thorough assessment of your medical history and current condition, we will create a noninvasive treatment plan for you. Your treatment plan will be custom-tailored to your unique needs. Our chiropractor will treat your herniated disc with hands-on manual manipulation, corrective exercises, therapeutic massage, and more.
Visit Us for Chiropractic Care in Orange Park, FL
Our team at Bracken Family Chiropractic & Massage is committed to providing our patients the treatment they need to find natural relief from their herniated or bulging discs. With our professional, caring, and experienced team, we are happy to provide solutions to allow you to return to the activities you love. Call us at 904-213-9805 or contact us online to schedule your first consultation. Contact our Orange Park staff today to learn more about how we can help.