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Disc Injury Treatment Hamilton

spineEach spinal disc has a jelly-like center that is contained by bands of fibrous tissue. Healthy discs allow you to have the flexibility to turn and bend with ease. Improper lifting, slips, falls and auto accidents can cause the core to shift and the following disc issues to arise:

Herniation โ€“ This occurs when the central section of the disc ruptures.

Protrusion โ€“ A common cause of back pain, protrusion is when the disc bulges where it is the weakest, resulting in nerve pressure.

Prolapse โ€“ A prolapsed disc involves a spinal disc slipping out from between the vertebrae of the spine.

Herniated/Slipped Disc Treatment

At Aspire Chiropractic Hamilton, we have two chiropractors who alongside spinal adjusting, specialize in disc injury treatment. They have completed additional training to help with disc injuries in the lumbar (low back) and cervical spine (neck). We have tools and analysis procedures to assess potential disc injuries and can advise when we can help you and when further referral to your GP or for an MRI is required.

If you have already been diagnosed and are wanting to avoid spinal surgery or spinal injections, we may be able to offer an alternative option.

One of the potential benefits of drug-free chiropractic care is that it can help to improve joint mechanics by improving spinal motion and reducing inflammation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I exercise with a herniated disc?

It depends on your situation and degree of disc injury. An acute herniated disc will be highly inflamed, so you will need to allow that to settle down and inflammation to reduce before thinking about exercise.

Further down the track you can do certain exercises, however other exercises should specifically be avoided. This can be discussed with your health care provider.

Does a back brace help a herniated disc?

It may give additional support to reduce the chance of aggravating your injury. You should only wear a back brace for periods, not all the time.

What are the signs of a slipped/herniated disc?

Signs usually appear after a lifting or twisting movement of the low back. Depending on the severity, some signs can include pain located over the lower back region, referring pain down the buttock and back of the calf, sometimes into the foot. Pain in the back when coughing or sneezing. You also may experience a dropping or scuffing of the foot on the affected side, numb patches over the leg into the foot and a feeling of weakness in one leg.

Are there natural remedies for a slipped disc?

If pain is severe, it is always good to get an idea of the degree of disc injury (one of 4 stages) and monitor how much that is inhibiting daily body function. When you have a disc injury, trying a more conservative approach is the best way to start. Chiropractic can be a great option to use in assisting your recovery, post disc injury.

When some stability and normal movement has been achieved, then you can incorporate certain movements and exercises to regain good strength in the lower back.

What is slipped disc recovery time without surgery?

This can vary depending on the severity and how you use your body each day, taking into account your work posture, hours spent seated, driving, lifting, stooping, etc. It can take up to several months to work with the injury and regain normal spinal function. You should expect incremental improvement over that time frame.

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Before you resort to surgery, consider disc injury treatment at Aspire Chiropractic Hamilton. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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