Herniated Disk FAQ
If you have been diagnosed with a herniated, ruptured, or slipped disc then you will need chiropractic treatment. Disc herniation is a broad term used to describe specific changes in a lumbar disc. When a disc herniates, there is a tear in the annulus fibrosis. Our staff at Century Center Chiropractic hears a multitude of questions from patients about the treatment of herniated disks, if you live in the Atlanta, Buckhead, Chamblee, Brookhaven, or Decatur, then we want you to know the answers to some commonly asked questions about this condition.
What Should You Expect from Treatment?
Chiropractic treatment is going to address the root cause of the herniated disc, instead of simply treating the symptoms you are experiencing. There are some non-chiropractic treatments that will treat the cause as well, but those are typically very invasive and come with extensive recovery time. Our staff will create a personalized care plan for your individual needs and work with you to relieve pain without the need for an invasive procedure.
What Are the Treatment Options?
One treatment isn’t going to fit all. A herniated disc can occur in the lower back, the neck, or the upper and middle back. The amount of pain can range from negligible to excruciating. The pain is not necessarily tied to the severity of the herniation. Asking our chiropractor about alternative treatment options allows you to find the best one for your needs. Are there lifestyle changes that could help relieve the pain? Could some gentle exercises help? There may be a combination of treatments that work for you, including pain medications, steroid injections, chiropractic therapy, physical therapy, and education for better movement.
Should You Have Surgery for a Herniated Disc?
If you are considering surgery then you have likely been dealing with back pain for weeks and other conservative treatments haven’t brought relief. Unless you have weakness in your limbs or disability because of lasting nerve damage, a conservative approach, such as chiropractic treatment, is recommended first. However, if it has brought no relief then you may need to consider surgery.
Getting Chiropractic Treatment
To help relieve the pain from a herniated disc, it’s recommended to see Dr. Jared Simon at Century Center Chiropractic. You can call us at 404-634-1669 to schedule an appointment today!