Herniated Disc FAQ

Herniated Disc FAQ

Herniated Disc FAQ

Individual bones called vertebrae stack up to create your spine. In between each of the bones is a rubber cushion called a disc. The discs are soft inside, and they are tougher on the outside. If the discs tear or rupture, it is called a herniated disc. A herniated disc is a painful condition that affects your quality of life. Fortunately, it can be treated by our professionals at Advanced Wellness Centre in Richmond.

Who Is At Risk For a Herniated Disc?

While anyone can develop a herniated disc, certain factors can increase your risk. These include:

  • Weight: When you are carrying around extra weight, it puts excess stress on the discs of your lower back.
  • Occupation: People with physically demanding jobs are at higher risk. Repetitive lifting, pulling, bushing, twisting or bending sideways also increase your risk for a herniated disc.
  • Genetics: If you have family members who had a herniated disc, your chances increase as well.

What Are the Symptoms Of a Herniated Disc?

Low back pain is the first symptom of a herniated disc, which can be preceded by the following symptoms:

  • Arm and leg pain
  • Pain in the buttocks
  • Numbness or tingling in the body
  • Weakness in the arms and legs

How Is a Herniated Disc Diagnosed?

Herniated discs can be diagnosed during a physical exam. Your doctor may order several imaging tests to rule out other conditions.

  • X-rays: X-rays can rule out causes of your back pain
  • CT scan: This test produces images of the spinal column and its structures
  • MRI: This test helps confirm the location of the herniated disc

How Is a Herniated Disc Treated?

Your chiropractor may use spinal manipulation, physical therapy, acupuncture, and massage therapy to reduce your pain, take pressure off of nerves, increase circulation, and improve your range of motion.

Visit Our Chiropractors in Richmond for Herniated Disc Treatment

If you have a herniated disc, schedule an appointment with Advanced Wellness Centre in Richmond for treatment. Our chiropractors can create a personalized treatment plan to reduce your pain and improve your quality of life. Give us a call today at 804-673-9355.

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