Chiropractic care is often considered a form of alternative medicine. However, it has been proven time and time again to help individuals with pain that physicians sometimes fail to remedy. It has also been proven to be an effective alternative to surgery in some cases. Herniated disc pain is one of the many types of pain that chiropractors can often help patients manage when all other types of medicine have failed.
Herniated disc pain is created by compression or bulging of specific lumbar discs. This compression causes pressure, and sometimes even pinching on the nerves that run through the spinal cord. The compression or bulging can also cause irritation of the nerve. This creates the pain that individuals with herniated discs often experience.
While many methods offered by doctors can produce temporary relief, it very rarely provides any long-term relief. This is because the pain management techniques only focus on relieving the symptoms that are associated with herniated disc pain. Chiropractic care of a herniated disc focuses on lessening the cause of the herniated disc pain. While this method may take a little longer in regards to symptom relief, it is definitely more long term.
Chiropractic care for a herniated disc involves realigning the spine. Initially, treatment includes ice and a distraction technique. This technique is completely painless but it focuses on reducing the pressure and swelling within the lumbar disc. By reducing the swelling and pressure, there is less protruding material that can irritate, pinch, or compress the nerves in the spine. This helps to reduce the pain often associated with a herniated disc.
After the pain starts to subside, realignment begins. The realignment helps to restore the spine’s natural joint function. By doing this, natural movement is slowly restored and irritation and swelling subsides. The treatment success does vary from one patient to the next. However, most patients who undergo chiropractic care for herniated disc pain will see positive results.