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HERNIATED DISC Treatment in Murfreesboro, TN

Are you looking for Slipped Disc Treatment in Murfreesboro? Does your back hurt a lot? Do you think you might have a herniated disc? Don’t panic. Here you’ll find everything you need to know about herniated discs, whether cervical, thoracic or lumbar herniations.

A herniated disc (also called bulged, slipped, or ruptured) is a fragment of the disc nucleus that is pushed out of the annulus into the spinal canal through a tear or rupture in the annulus. Discs that become herniated usually are in an early stage of degeneration, and degeneration comes over the years, as a natural aging process.

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SYMPTOMS OF Herniated Disc

Our body has a soft, gelatinous disc between each vertebra, intending to cushion the intervertebral contact. When the disc material goes beyond its natural boundary, a herniated disc results. The most common symptom is pain, based on the height of the herniated disc.

Whoever suffers from a herniated disc may feel muscle weakness, muscle spasms, overactive reflexes, or uncomfortable tingling. You may also feel leg or foot numbness, pins and needles, and a stiff neck.  

TYPES OF HERNIATED DISC

Three are known, depending on the disc’s integrity and whether it is exposed or not:

  1. The disc contained with unbroken annular outer ring.
  2. Disc contained with broken but unexposed annular outer ring.
  3. Exposed disc, not contained, with the broken annular outer ring.

The annular ring represents the outer part of the disc. It is the more resistant part that maintains the disc’s shape. Inside this ring is the nucleus, which is the soft and gelatinous part. 

They are also classified according to a location in the spine into a cervical herniated disc (neck), thoracic herniated disc(mid-back), and lumbar herniated disc (low back).

CAUSES OF HERNIATED DISC

There is a world of possibilities for developing a herniated disc, but the common ones in Murfreesboro are aging and injuries.

Disc degeneration is the result of aging, a natural process of human beings. It happens because the annular rings in the outer part of the disc weaken while the gelatinous-aqueous content decreases, making it more fragile and easy to leak.

Trauma blows or bone fractures in the spine can also result in herniated discs. In this case, the pain appears abruptly, and the damage occurs quickly, unlike disc degeneration.

Lifting heavy objects can also lead to herniated discs. Increased pressure on the lower back can lead to ruptured discs, causing small scratches over time.

LONG TERM PROBLEMS DUE TO IGNORING Slipped Disc

Many problems can result from a herniated disc if it is not treated in time, such as problems walking, tingling sensation or loss of feeling in the arms or legs, neck pain, or weakness.

There may be other nearby tissues involved if the slipped disc also touches the nerves, such as the bladder, intestines, or reproductive organs, causing incontinence, constipation, or reproductive problems such as erection troubles.

TEMPORARY PAIN RELIEF

You might be thinking ”how to heal a herniated disc naturally?” Fortunately, there are several ways to end that annoying pain which can even disrupt sleep or life without surgery, 

  • Chiropractic treatment.
  • Strengthening exercises once the pain has diminished.
  • Hot and cold packs for five minutes, three times per day.
  • Over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen (NSAIDs) offer temporary relief.
  • Bed rest,  avoiding pressure on the herniated disc.
  • Be careful of your posture during the day.

DOES MEDICAL INSURANCE COVERS HERNIATED DISC?

Yes, insurance typically covers treatment. Our office will assist you in verifying your insurance benefits.

HERNIATED DISC Treatment In Murfreesboro

Treatment options depend upon many different variables specific to the nature of the disc herniation. 97% of all disc issues resolve with non-invasive treatments. Surgical intervention is only indicated in extreme circumstances.

  • Chiropractic Treatment Techniques: Adjustments, spinal decompression, traction, and exercises.
  • Medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, or naproxen.
  • Self-care: Stretches, exercises, bed rest.
  • Medical procedures: Therapeutic ultrasound and epidural steroid injection Spinal surgery

How Revolution Health Center Can help in Back Pain treatment in Murfreesboro, TN

Revolution Health Center is the top chiropractic clinic in Murfreesboro for herniated disc treatments. Dr. Oscar is a highly rated chiropractor in Murfreesboro and specializes in herniated disc treatments. He has been practicing for over 10 years in Murfreesboro.

Revolution Health Center serves the following cities 

  • Murfreesboro
  • Rockvale
  • Christiana
  • Blackman
  • Smyrna
  • Woodbury
  • Beechgrove
  • Shelbyville
  • College Grove

Call us today if you are experiencing pain due to herniated disc in Murfreesboro.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HERNIATED DISC

Can I get a disability for herniated discs?

If the herniated disc is not treated in time, it can lead to the loss of sensation in one or both legs, muscle weakness in both legs and in rare cases even paralysis. This occurs especially when the disc bulges and impacts the spinal cord.

Are Murfreesboro Chiropractors safe for herniated discs?

Chiropractors are safe for relieving herniated discs. Most disc issues improve with non-invasive therapies such as chiropractic.

Chiropractic techniques are safe, non-invasive, inexpensive, and very effective. They focus not only on relieving pain but also on reconnecting the brain-body communication.

What is the fastest way to heal a herniated disc?

For the mild or moderate pain of a herniated disc, chiropractic adjustments, heat and cold therapy three times a day, massages, and letting pain control your activities are usually enough.

Can you still walk with a herniated disc?

As long as the injury is mild or moderate, you can walk. Walking problems appear when a herniated disc is compressing the spinal cord causing muscle weakness and atrophy. This is very serious and requires immediate professional care.

What activities should you avoid with a herniated disc?

You should avoid any activity that overloads your back like:

  • Cleaning the house, washing the dishes. 
  • Folding laundry.
  • Smoking.
  • Lying on your stomach.
  • Sit on a chair or couch for prolonged periods of time.
  • Vacuuming.
  • Cleaning the floor.
  • Lift boxes or heavy objects.

How long does it take for a disc herniation to heal?

Healing depends upon many variables including the patient’s overall health, their commitment to follow their treatment instructions and how severe the herniation is. The patient should not return to work, lift heavy objects, or do household chores, which delays healing time and worsens the injured disc.  A herniated disc can take anywhere from a few weeks to months to heal.

Can I make herniated disc worse?

A herniated disc can worsen if you do activities that demand effort or strength from the back, such as lifting heavy objects, strenuous household chores, sitting in a chair for hours, driving, or playing sports

Can I go to the gym with a herniated disc?

You can go to the gym once the pain is under control and you are cleared by your chiropractor or doctor.  Eventually, it is necessary to strengthen the back muscles to balance the spine and keep the joints moving. As long as the exercises are gradually increased and guided by a specialist, it is safe to go to the gym.

How long does it take a herniated disc to heal without surgery?

Most people do not need surgery to get rid of the pain of a herniated disc. If you rest and follow the specialists’ recommendations, it is probable that in about four to eight weeks, you will have recovered from the herniated disc. Surgery is necessary when non-invasive treatments have failed to help, the pain continues and limits your life.