Herniated disks occur when the nucleus of a spinal disk pushes out through the disk’s exterior (annulus), causing a tear. Spinal disks are located between individual vertebrae, so herniation can occur at any part of the spine, but many people experience this type of injury in their lower back.
If you or a loved one are living with the pain of a herniated disk, our physiotherapy specialists at Specific Care Chiropractic can formulate a treatment plan to minimize your pain. Our herniated disk treatment in Coral Springs involves teaching patients different positions and exercises that can alleviate their symptoms and help them live a healthier, pain-free lifestyle.
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Factors That May Cause Herniated Disks
Herniated disks are rarely a result of direct trauma, though it is possible. Instead, these injuries are more likely to develop over time after gradual strain and stress on the spine. Men are more likely to aggregate a herniation in one of their spinal disks, and the typical age range of people who develop this injury is between 35 and 50.
That being said, certain factors make individuals more likely to develop a herniated disk injury than others, such as:
If you are overweight, the excess fat can put additional stress on your spine, particularly your lower back.
Having a Physically Demanding Job
Labor jobs or other occupations that require repetitive motions as part of standard work duties can gradually put a strain on a person’s spine. There is a higher chance of developing a herniated disk if your job requires you to repeatedly lift, push, bend over, or pull objects, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Having a Genetic Predisposition
In 1991, The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery found that study participants who had a positive family history for developing herniated disks were 32 percent more likely to aggregate a herniation than participants who did not have this predisposition.
Symptoms of Herniated Disks
Herniated disk injuries involve more than just chronic pain and pinpointing the exact location of the herniation can be difficult if it is also pinching a nerve near the spine. Some symptoms to look out for include:
- Pain down your leg, which can start at the buttocks or thighs if the herniation is located in your lower back
- Pain down your arm if the herniation is located in your neck
- A sense of numbness or tingling around the herniation area
- Muscle weakness from nerve damage, which can affect functionality in other parts of your body (e.g., your grip)
As part of your diagnostic tests, we will perform X-rays and other imaging exams to assess the full damage on the affected spinal disk. If there is potential for nerve damage, we may also conduct nerve tests, such as a nerve conduction study, to determine the severity of your injury.
Once we receive your results, we can then discuss a potential treatment plan to alleviate your pain.
We Offer Patients Options for Herniated Disk Treatment in Coral Springs
If you live in Coral Springs, Florida, you can visit our facility to get a consultation about the pain you’ve been experiencing, and we can discuss potential options to treat your injury. At Specific Care Chiropractic, we cater our herniated disk treatment to your needs based on:
- Where the herniation is located
- How often you feel pain and its severity level
- Whether certain movements or positions trigger the pain
Your first appointment serves as a consultation to discuss these factors, followed by a physical exam and other diagnostic tests, as mentioned. During your second appointment, we will explain your test results to you as well as the physiotherapy treatments we intend to use to heal your injury.
Subsequent appointments will generally involve corrective care and pain management while we teach you exercises and positions you can practice at home to keep up with your recovery.
Types of Physical Therapy We Offer
For people suffering from herniated disk injuries, we offer the following types of treatments:
Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation and Adjustments
Using evidence-based chiropractic techniques, our physicians will carefully realign your spine to alleviate pain stemming from the herniation area.
Electrical Muscle Stimulation (E-STIM) Therapy
This type of therapy involves shooting electric pulses along the herniation area to repair muscle or nerve damage. Sports Medicine notes that this is a gentle therapy that helps people regain mobility in their spine.
Part of your rehabilitation will involve learning new exercises that will help restore strength in the affected area. For example, if you are suffering from lower back pain, we may focus more on stretching and strengthening exercises; whereas, if you are suffering neck pain, we may utilize our Rehab Room and teach you how to use an exercise ball or Vibration Plate to encourage muscle functionality.
Other therapies we offer include massage therapy and ultrasound therapy. Before administering any type of treatment, we will explain what is involved in each stage of your recovery so that you understand what to expect.
We Can Work With Your Attorney If You Are Pursuing Compensation
If you developed a herniated disk as a result of work-related conditions, you may qualify to pursue workers’ compensation. Many workers hire attorneys to help them with this process. As your medical care provider, we can also help you build a case by providing relevant information about your injury.
Some ways we can help you build your workers’ compensation case include:
- Providing medical records that detail the specifics of your herniated disk injury
- Offering testimony to explain how work-related conditions could have led to your injury
- Providing copies of medical invoices that detail the cost of your treatment
If you would like help finding a legal attorney in your area, we may be able to refer you to someone in our network to help you build your case.
Our Coral Springs Chiropractors Can Treat Your Herniated Disk and Relieve Pain
Still have more questions about chiropractic treatment for herniated disks? Feel free to schedule an appointment at our Coral Springs location and learn more about how a physician at Specific Care Chiropractic can help with your injury today. We offer various physiotherapies that can help strengthen and restore your body’s mobility.
Call (239)369-9109 to schedule your appointment today.