A slipped disc occurs when a portion of the disc slips or bulges out of place, putting pressure on the nearby soft tissues and nerves. Slipped discs are often referred to as herniated discs and bulging discs.
How do slipped discs occur?
Slipped discs can be caused by degenerative disc disease, overuse and injuries to your back that are caused by hard falls and car accidents.
Can a slipped disc cause a pinched nerve?
If you have one of more slipped discs, they can put pressure on your nerve roots, causing a pinched nerve. If you do have a pinched nerve along with your herniated disc, you may experience radiating pain down your arms or legs, depending on where your herniated disc is located.
Could a herniated disc be the cause of my sciatic nerve pain?
Herniated discs can cause sciatic nerve pain. When the disc ruptures or bulges and puts pressure on the sciatic nerve, it causes pain in the lower back and down the legs. You may even experience muscle weakness and numbness or burning sensations down your legs.
What treatments does your chiropractor in Richmond offer for slipped discs?
A common treatment for a slipped or herniated disc is non-surgical spinal decompression. This treatment is designed to gradually increase the spaces between your vertebrae so that your injured disc can retract and heal. Along with decompression, our chiropractor in Richmond may recommend chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, acupuncture and corrective exercises.
How long will I need treatment?
Exact treatment times vary with the individual. Our chiropractor will perform an examination and take x-rays to determine the severity of your herniated disc and to make sure there are no other injuries causing your pain, like a sprain, strain or subluxation. If there are other injuries, our chiropractor will treat them along with your herniated disc in order to ensure that you achieve the best possible outcome.