A herniated disc can cause tremendous amounts of pain. Dr. Justin Hartman of Hartman Family Wellness in Colleyville, Texas offers patients the latest techniques in chiropractic health and wellness to relieve the symptoms of a herniated disc and to restore the disc to its proper structure and position. Dr. Hartman uses spinal decompression therapy in the clinic to help promote retraction or repositioning of herniated or bulging disc material as well as to promote cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and blood flow throughout the spine and brain. Call or schedule a consultation online for all herniated disc and related spinal conditions.

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What is a herniated disc?

Discs are flat, round “cushions” that act as shock absorbers between the vertebrae in your spinal column. These discs have a soft center surrounded by a more robust outer layer.

When the outer layer weakens or tears, the soft inner layer can slip through the outer disc and press on a nerve in your spine. This pressure on your nerve can be very painful.

Herniated discs commonly occur in the lower part of your spine, causing back and leg pain known as sciatica. You can also get a herniated disc in your neck, which causes back and shoulder pain. If left untreated, herniated disc pain worsens over time and can be very uncomfortable.

What causes a herniated disc?

For many adults, herniated discs are the result of aging. Wear and tear on your discs is called disc degeneration. As you age, your discs become less flexible and can tear or rupture more easily. Lifting heavy objects or straining, twisting, and turning may also cause the disc to rupture (herniate).

Additionally, men and women who are overweight are prone to herniated discs because of the excess stress on the spine and lower back. A physically demanding job with repetitive lifting, bending, and twisting may also increase your risk of a herniated disc. Heredity is also a factor for disc degeneration.

What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?

Although some people feel no symptoms, many adults with a herniated disc feel pain ranging from uncomfortable to unbearable. Symptoms of a herniated disc in your lower back or neck typically include:

  • Pain from your low back that radiates into your buttocks, legs, and feet
  • Tingling or numbness in legs and feet
  • Muscle weakness
  • Pain near your shoulder blade
  • Radiating pain in your neck, shoulders, arms, hands, or fingers

What is the treatment for a herniated disc?

In our comprehensive spinal health program, you will receive 20 clinic visits utilizing intersegmental traction therapy, spinal decompression therapy and vibration plate therapy. You will also receive an online curriculum in which you will receive daily emails with exercises, stretches and nutritional advice to help you to take your health to the next level.

For a permanent, long-term solution for a herniated disc that is non-invasive and non-surgical, call Dr. Hartman for an appointment today.