Your Chiropractor in Naples Treats Herniated Discs
Many people use the terms herniated disc and bulging disc interchangeably, but the two conditions are actually somewhat different. A herniated disc refers to a problem with one of the gel-like cushions in between the individual vertebrae that make up your spine. Think of the disc as the jelly inside of a donut. If the tougher exterior has a tear, then the soft interior “jelly” can push out through this tear. When this happens, the disc may irritate nearby nerves causing pain, numbness or weakness in one of your arms or legs.
On the other hand, a bulging disc means that the gel-like cushion hasn’t broken through but is putting pressure on the exterior shell to the extent that the disc itself begins to press on the nerve. Whether you are uncomfortable because of a herniated or bulging disc, your chiropractor in Naples offers treatments that can help.
What Causes a Herniated or Bulging Disc?
Usually, a herniated or bulging disc is the result of degeneration, which is essentially gradual age-related wear and tear. As we age, our spinal discs lose some of their water content and this makes them less flexible so they are more apt to tear or rupture. Even a minor strain, cough or twist can cause damage. Therefore, be sure to use your leg muscles and not your back muscles when lifting heavy objects. Also, don’t turn or twist as you lift. And while uncommon, a serious fall or blow to the back may cause a disc to become herniated.
What are Risk Factors for a Disc Problem?
Factors that increase your risk of having a herniated disc are:
- Excess body weight that strains your lower back
- A physically demanding job that requires repetitive lifting, pulling, pushing or bending
- A genetic predisposition to developing herniated discs
Treating Back Pain in Naples
If your back pain in Naples is due to a herniated or bulging disc, then Dr. Wills may recommend spinal decompression therapy, which involves stretching the spine in order to relieve back pain. Spinal decompression is believed to encourage the herniated disc to retract or reposition. In addition, this therapy lessens pressure inside the disc, thereby allowing healing nutrients and other substances to enter.
If you’ve been diagnosed with a herniated or bulging disc, make surgery your option of last resort. At Wills Chiropractic, our team will work with you to relieve any pain and discomfort naturally and comfortably.