A herniated disc is a condition in which a disc in the spine is bulging, or protruding outside the normal curve of the spine. Herniated discs are a common problem among adults today. In fact, over 33% of adults without previous back pain have suffered from a herniated disc, while around 60% of people over the age of 60 have at least one protruding disc. Many times, people don’t even realize they have a herniated disc until the disc presses on a nerve, which can cause extreme pain or even loss of motion. Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela understands just how painful a herniated disc can be. With regular chiropractic care, he can work with you to alleviate herniated disc pain and get you back to feeling and functioning well.
Signs and Symptoms of a Herniated Disc
Older adults are the most likely to experience herniated discs mostly due to normal wear and tear. Additionally, the loss of elasticity in spinal discs over time causes spinal discs to become more prone to injury. However, injury to the spine can happen at any age, whether from a car accident, slip and fall accident, sport injury, repetitive motion, or improper lifting techniques. If you notice tenderness of the spine, arm pain, stiffness, back pain, or neck pain, this could be a sign of a bulging disc in the spine. While the pain can be excruciating, there are methods for managing herniated discs, one of the most effective methods being chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor.
Chiropractic Care Leads to Herniated Disc Relief
Chiropractors such as Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic specialize in the musculoskeletal system, specifically the back and spine. After an initial assessment, Dr. Niemela can locate the problem area, and with precision, gentleness, and care, perform a chiropractic adjustment to remove nerve pressure and ensure discs are in proper alignment once again. Not only does chiropractic care improve spinal health, but it also improves overall health. Spinal misalignments can disrupt nerve communication, leading to inflammation and other health concerns that will only worsen over time. With regular adjustments, you can experience relief from herniated discs as well as increased wellness and quality of life.
Case Studies Prove the Effectiveness of Chiropractic
While some people are concerned about receiving a chiropractic adjustment when they have herniated disc pain, a chiropractor is actually the best person to see when you’re dealing with this issue. Case studies show that those who suffer from herniated disc pain have found relief at the hands of neurologically-based chiropractors. In one such case study, a group of people with herniated disc pain first sought chiropractic care before turning to spinal blocks or invasive procedures. After just five weeks, they found resolution without the need for surgery. Researchers also conducted four trials to show the effectiveness of chiropractic care for bulging discs. Out of these four trials, three found conclusive evidence that chiropractic care is an incredibly effective method for decreasing pain.
If herniated disc pain has kept you from doing the things you love, noninvasive chiropractic care may be the answer you have been searching for. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic today and see for yourself the incredible benefits of chiropractic care for spinal health.
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