Herniated Disc

Thatcher Chiropractic

William S. Thatcher, DC

Chiropractor located in Baldwin, NY

Thatcher Chiropractic is a full-service chiropractic office that serves patients from many Long Island, New York communities, including Baldwin. Dr. William Thatcher offers effective treatment plans and pain management programs for individuals with herniated discs.

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Herniated Disc Q & A

What Causes Herniated Discs?

Herniated discs are the result of two vertebrae shifting and one side pressing down on the small disc in between. As the two vertebrae continue to pinch together, the disc becomes herniated or bulges out of the opposite side. If the disc remains in that position, it can begin to lose fluid or become compromised and eventually burst. A herniated disc is most often caused by a gradual wear and tear to the discs of the spine. As you age, those discs lose some of their fluid content, which makes them less flexible and more prone to damage with even just a minor strain. A herniated disc can also be caused by a slip and fall accident, an auto injury, or blunt force trauma to the neck or other parts of the spine. Individuals who participate in contact sports may also be diagnosed with a herniated disc at some point in their career. Immediate treatment may allow the vertebrae to shift back into place before the disc can be damaged.

How are Most Types of Chronic Back Pain Treated?

Chronic back pain is normally treated by over the counter pain medications, anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, and chiropractic care. Surgery may help in certain situations, but in many cases, relieving the inflammation will help to dramatically reduce the chronic pain. Chiropractic adjustments and physical therapy are two ways to help retain the structural integrity of the spinal column and increase circulation to the area. The exercises associated with the physical therapy treatment plan will help to keep the muscles and connective tissues strong, reducing many of the symptoms associated with a chronic back injury.

How Do Improper Lifting Techniques Affect the Back?

Improper techniques are one of the most common causes of back injuries. When people lift heavy objects using their back instead of their legs and arms, they can cause serious injuries to both the muscles as well as the bones that make up the spinal column. Stressing the vertebrae and other connective tissues can result in slipped or herniated discs. Pinched nerves and inflammation are also possible along the length of the spine. When the back is strained, the entire area can become inflamed, putting pressure on the blood vessels and diminishing blood flow to the area. This can lead to numbness, tingling, and intense pain.


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