Disc injuries can occur in the cervical spine (neck), thoracic spine (mid-back), or lumbar spine (lower back). Discs act as cushions between your spine's bones (vertebrae). A disc injury can occur when the disc is damaged and cannot cushion the vertebrae properly. Our chiropractors at Lower Cape Chiropractic in Orleans are skilled at diagnosing and treating disc injuries.
Causes of Disc Injuries
Disc injuries can be caused by several things, including:
Trauma to the spine can cause discs to rupture or herniate. This can happen from a car accident, a fall, or any other impact.
As we age, our discs begin degenerating and lose their ability to cushion the vertebrae properly. This can lead to pain and discomfort.
Poor posture puts extra strain on the discs and can cause them to become damaged.
Repetitive motion, such as lifting heavy objects or sitting for long periods, can also damage the discs.
Symptoms of Disc Injuries
When a disc is damaged, it can create pressure on the nerves in the spine. This can lead to several symptoms, including:
Chronic pain is the most common symptom of a disc injury. The pain may be sharp or dull and it can radiate into the arms or legs.
Numbness and Tingling
If the nerve is pinched, you may also experience numbness and tingling in the affected area.
Muscle spasms are another common symptom of a disc injury. When the nerve is pinched, it can cause the muscles to contract involuntarily.
Diagnosing Disc Injuries
The first step in diagnosing a disc injury is to schedule a consultation with a chiropractor. During the consultation, we will ask about your symptoms and medical history. We will also perform a physical examination. If we suspect you have a disc injury, we may order imaging tests, such as an MRI, to confirm the diagnosis.
Chiropractic Care for Disc Injuries
Chiropractic care is a safe and effective treatment that can relieve the pain and discomfort associated with a disc injury. Treatment may include:
Spinal manipulation is a technique that is used to realign the spine. This can help take pressure off of the nerves and reduce pain.
Therapeutic exercises can help stretch and strengthen the muscles that support the spine. This can help prevent further injury and promote healing.
Our chiropractors may also recommend lifestyle changes, such as improving your posture or losing weight to relieve symptoms and prevent further injury.
Get Relief From Chronic Pain
If you are suffering from chronic pain due to a disc injury, our chiropractors at Lower Cape Chiropractic in Orleans can help. We offer a variety of treatment options that are tailored to each patient. Call our team today at (508) 255-5866 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.