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Suffering From Disc Herniation

Botti Chiropractic & Wellness | Suffering from Disc Herniation

What are discs?

The human spine is made up of thirty-three bones which are collectively known as the vertebrae. Except for the first two vertebrae in the neck–the atlas (C1) and the axis (C2)–, an intervertebral disc sits between each vertebra of the spine. These discs act as shock absorbers, as well as shock distributors and, are responsible for cushioning the vertebrae; they also provide flexibility. In addition, these discs allow us to move the spine around and bend over.

What exactly is disc herniation?

The intervertebral discs are made up of a tough outer layer and a soft, gelatin-like center. Disc herniation is a condition in which cracks occur in the outer layer of the disc and the jelly-like material inside of the disc begins to push out.

What causes disc herniation?

A number of factors may cause a disc to herniate. Such factors include:

  • Physical injury
  • Poor posture
  • Being overweight
  • Excessive stress on the disc

How does chiropractic care help in disc herniation?

Chiropractic care is a non-surgical treatment option for herniated discs. Back pain and other symptoms related to herniated discs can be addressed by a chiropractor. For treating a herniated disc, a chiropractor first needs to establish whether a patient is actually suffering from a herniated disc or whether it is regular back pain. To establish this, the chiropractor will first go through the patient’s medical history, then perform a physical examination, and will finally conduct orthopedic and neurological tests. The chiropractor will also carefully look at the patient’s posture. If need be, the chiropractor may order an x-ray or MRI to help with the diagnostic process. Since the chiropractor would want to know how well the patient’s spine is functioning overall, the chiropractor will examine his/her neck, too, even if the patient only has lower back pain. 

Having reviewed all this information, the chiropractor can determine if the patient has an intervertebral disc injury. The type of disc injury one has will determine what treatments the chiropractor will use to address the symptoms. Most intervertebral disc injuries are related to a herniated disc. To treat a herniated disc, a chiropractor will make use of spinal manipulation (also known as chiropractic adjustment). Other chiropractic techniques may also be employed to help ease the symptoms of a herniated disc.

In the case of disc herniation, see an experienced chiropractor

Disc herniation is an excruciatingly painful condition that needs to be addressed by an adept chiropractor. Dr. Valentino Botti is a highly-experienced Oak Lawn chiropractor who possesses expertise in addressing issues pertaining to and arising out of herniated discs. Botti Chiropractic & Wellness is a state-of-the-art chiropractic office where comprehensive chiropractic treatments are provided to patients. Dr. Botti formulates highly individualized treatment plans for patients of disc herniation. The therapeutic exercises recommended by him are known to work quite effectively in addressing pain arising out of herniated discs as well as in preventing disc herniation.