A slipped disk, or herniated disk, is a common injury for adults. It can happen if you are lifting heavy objects, during a golf game (while twisting or swinging the club), or even by intense exercise. Herniated discs can also be caused by weight gain, aging or aggravated use. With so many ways to injure the spine, and so many nerves that can cause us pain, it is one of the most common spinal injuries that we see.
The discs of the spine are the “cushions” that absorb the shock when we move, exercise and walk around. When one of the discs malfunctions, as with a herniated disc, it swells and presses against the nerves of the spinal cord. This swelling is what causes the pain, because it is most likely pressing against the nerves in your back. In a severe case of a slipped disc, people say that the pain can be intense and almost unbearable.
Sometimes people say that it is hard to tell where the pain is really coming from because the pain radiates, and may seem to be inconsistent. Sometimes you can feel numb, and other times, the pain will be very intense. Physical activity can make it worse, but so can sitting for long periods of time. It can be very frustrating to work with and hard to avoid! Treatment is necessary to make a full recovery. In severe cases where no treatment was given, nerve damage can occur. It is important to get a true diagnosis.
At our Offices, Dr. Addison has many years of working with patients and slipped discs. The treatment will vary by the level of pain, the severity of injury, the location of the injury, and the schedule of the patient. We have several ways of treating herniated discs, and we will make a plan that will work toward a full recovery for you. We can offer these treatments for slipped and herniated disc therapies:
- Co-management of Condition with Onsite Physical Therapy & Medical Care
- Spinal Decompression
- Pain Relievers
- Active Release Techniques
In most cases, surgery is not needed to relieve a slipped disc. We have seen many cases where patients found that spinal decompression with physical therapy movements successfully alleviated their pain. We can also show you ways to prevent it from happening again!
Call our office to schedule an appointment for the best plan that will work for your slipped disc and back pain. Don’t wait to start feeling better!