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Chiropractor
Christopher Wolff

Many people dismiss chiropractic as being something only for back pain, but chiropractic treatment can be used to treat a wide variety of physical issues, such as migraines and headaches, chronic pain, carpal tunnel, pain due to injury or muscle strain, and much more.

Seattle (206) 297-2792  |  Bothell (425) 381-4460

Ballard Seattle WA Chiropractic Clinic Discusses Herniated Discs

Ballard Seattle WA Chiropractic Clinic Discusses Herniated Discs

Herniated or Bulging Discs

Herniated disc. Slipped disc. Bulging disk. Pinched nerve.

You may have heard all these terms to describe severe pain felt in the back. The fact is the worst of the bunch is the herniated disc.

The discs are structures that rest comfortably between your vertebrae, like gel-filled cushions or shock absorbers. A disc can herniate through a tear in the supportive ligaments surrounding one of discs. This can be caused by:

  • Sudden injury
  • Constant stress
  • Improper lifting or twisting of the spinal column

Once the disc ruptures (or herniates), the disc material (somewhat like a jelly) inflames and exerts pressure on the spinal nerves resulting in pain. In the worst-case scenario, the material can push all the way out from between your vertebrae and press on the nerves that branch off the spinal cord.

Your Ballard Seattle WA chiropractor will first assess your pain to determine your course of treatment. First, it is important to determine if your reflexes are intact and communicating.

Second, your chiropractor will see if there is any loss of muscle strength and check if you have full sensory communication along numerous paths of nerves.

These important orthopedic and neurological exams can help your chiropractor determine which course of action to take next.

A herniated disc is a serious injury. If at any time your chiropractor feels that a spinal surgeon is needed you will be referred. Your chiropractor will check your posture and may order an x-ray or MRI (if necessary) to help with the diagnostic process.


Will Ballard Seattle WA Chiropractic care help your herniated disc?

Chiropractors do not pop a disc back in place using force, nor can a few quick treatments "fix" your herniated disc. With gentle and usually painless adjustment techniques, over time a disc can be repaired.

In 2006, a study was published in the prestigious scientific journal “Spine.” It showed excellent results for chiropractic manipulation in the treatment of disc injuries and sciatica. Go with the experts at Vitality Specific Chiropractic and get the help you need.

OFFICE HOURS
Monday8:30am - 6pm
Tuesday2pm - 5pm
Wednesday8:30am - 6pm
Thursday9am - 11am
Friday9am - 5pm
SaturdayBy Appointment
SundayClosed

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