Treatment for Disc Disorders from Our Kenosha Chiropractor
The intervertebral discs in the back help cushion the bones of the spine from each other. Disc disorders may occur in any part of the spine, but they are most common in the lower back. This part of the back is responsible for a lot of our strength and flexibility. However, this ability comes at a cost, and lower back problems are extremely common. Treatment for disc disorders from our Kenosha chiropractor can help relieve pain and encourage healing for disc disorders in any part of the back or neck.
Types of Disc Disorders
A number of conditions can occur within the discs of the spine. Herniated discs occur when the outer covering of the disc cracks or tears and allows the gel-like inner material to squeeze out. This reduces the cushioning ability of the disc, which can lead to pain and reduction in mobility. Herniated discs are sometimes referred to as slipped discs.
Bulging discs are similar to herniated discs, but instead of tearing, the disc actually just squeezes out of its normal space between the bones. Both herniated and bulging discs commonly cause nerve pain when their expanding shape presses on nearby nerves. Bulging discs can lead to herniation, but many people have bulging discs with no symptoms. To add to the confusion, bulging discs may also be referred to as slipped discs.
Degenerative disc disease is a condition that occurs where the discs start to fail in a number of different ways. They may thin out, shrink, lose flexibility, or change shape. This condition is most common among older adults, but it refers to any case in which the discs progressively deteriorate. Some cases of degenerative disc disease occur in quite young people, even children. However, because a kid's back is typically more resilient than that of an adult, our Kenosha chiropractor will check carefully for other causes if your child has back pain.
Most often, the symptoms of disc disease are pain and loss of flexibility. The two major types of pain that occur with disc disorders are mechanical and nerve-related (radicular) pain. Mechanical pain may feel more like an ache and occurs at the site of the injury. Radicular pain results when tissue presses on a nerve and creates symptoms in other parts of the body. Lower back disc issues can cause pain, numbness, and weakness all down the back and legs, for example.
Effective Chiro Treatments for Disc Disorders
Herniated discs do not exactly heal, but they often reduce in size and become symptomatic over time. Chiro treatment is one of the recommended options for helping you find relief from the pain while the condition is allowed time to subside. A number of types of treatment may be effective or indicated:
- Spinal adjustments
- Corrective exercises
- Lifestyle advice
- Nutrition counseling
Depending on your condition, our chiropractor in Kenosha may focus on readjusting the bones of the spine, teaching you how to move with less pain, helping you strengthen and stretch the area, or follow a healthy diet to promote healing and weight loss, if necessary. Our doctor is very child-friendly if you have kids who need help with back problems. A kid's back is very important to their overall, lifelong health, so chiro care for children is one service recommended by Jeranek Family Chiropractic.
Call Jeranek Family Chiropractic Today!
We pride ourselves on providing patient-centered service and holistic care for everyone from kids to the elderly. If you have a slipped disc, back ache, or other disc-related disorder, we can help you get to the bottom of the condition and start moving toward healing. Call (262) 694-7833 to reach the friendly and helpful staff at Jeranek Family Chiropractic, your chiropractor in Kenosha.