The spine consists of a series of small bones (vertebrae), which are protected from damage and kept in alignment by small fluid filled sacs (discs). Accidents, injuries, and even the natural aging process can cause a disc to become brittle, crack or slip out of place and leak the gel like fluid inside the disc. This is known as a herniated or "slipped" disc. For some people, a herniated disc will produce little to no symptoms, while others may experience back pain or numbness and tingling in an arm or leg, depending on where the disc is located in the spine. The chiropractors at King Chiropractic offer a range of diagnostic and treatment options for spine and musculoskeletal injuries and conditions that can cause pain and disrupt your quality of life.
Herniated Disc Treatment in Urbana, Potomac, Clarksburg, or Gaithersburg, MD
Many people with herniated discs don't know anything is wrong unless (or until) symptoms develop, most commonly in the form of pain. The most common location of a herniated disc is in the lumbar (lower) spine, but they can also occur in the cervical (neck) spine. The most common symptoms are pain, numbness and weakness. If you have injured a disc in your neck, you will most likely experience symptoms in the arms and shoulders, and in the buttocks and legs for injuries to a disc in the lower back.
Treatment for herniated discs varies depending on the nature of the injury and factors like your lifestyle and health profile, but most cases are usually treated with conservative methods first, such as rest, spinal manipulation by a chiropractor, massage therapy, and electrotherapy. Surgery may be an option in rare cases but is usually reserved for when conservative treatments are ineffective.
Find a Chiropractor in Urbana, Potomac, Clarksburg, or Gaithersburg, MD
If you are suffering from pain and mobility issues due to a herniated disc or other back injury or condition, contact us today to learn more about your treatment and recovery options. We offer services in several locations throughout Maryland for your convenience: Gaithersburg (301) 926-5200, Potomac (240) 403-7103, Urbana (301) 874-9002, Clarksburg (240) 745-2151.