Disc herniation is a very common condition that amounts to over 3 million cases a year in America. If you suspect that you might have a disc herniation or if you are looking to get treatment for one, Dr. Steven McMahon and Dr. Rosalie Login at McMahon Chiropractic located in Chelsea, New York City can help you.
What is Disc Herniation?
Disc herniation is when the gelatinous inner part of the disc pushes through the rubber exterior of the disc. Sometimes, this condition is also referred to as a slipped or bulging disc.
What Causes Disc Herniation?
Disc herniation can happen anywhere in the back, but this condition is most typically found in the lower back. Herniations are usually caused by gradual aging and wear-and-tear. However, it can also occur from a sudden injury, such as a car accident or a fall.
What Are the Symptoms of Disc Herniation?
Herniated discs typically affect one side of the body and they may or may not also affect nerves. Symptoms of a herniated disc include:
- Pain in the lower back, neck, arm, or leg - Lower back herniation can also cause pain in the buttocks, thigh, and calf. Herniations in the neck can also cause pain in the shoulder radiating down the arm. Pain from disc herniation is often described as a sharp, burning pain. Coughing, sneezing, or making other sudden movements may make the pain feel worse or intensify for a short period of time.
- Weakness - if the herniated disc is affecting a nearby nerve or a muscle, the muscle may weaken, making it difficult to lift or hold items, or causing you to stumble since your back is weakened.
- Numbness and/or Tingling - a disc herniation may also cause a feeling of radiating numbness or tingling around the area of the herniation.
How is Disc Herniation Treated?
Disc herniation is treated in a variety of ways, including:
- Rest - going on bedrest for a day or two and then altering activities to include slow gentle movements and avoiding heavy lifting or strenuous activities can provide some relief.
- Chiropractic Adjustments - Can realign parts of the spine that have moved out of place from lack of disc support.
- Physical Therapy - walking, stretching, and other exercises can help strengthen the muscles in the back and abdomen.
- Hot and cold pack treatments
To get treatment for your disc herniation, call (212) 243-6384 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Steven McMahon and Dr. Rosalie Login at McMahon Chiropractic located in Chelsea, New York City.