Disc Herniations - Might not be as bad as you think!
Disc herniation, also known as bulging disc, is a condition that is characterised by a problem with one of the discs or the rubbery cushions that lie between the bones of your spine.
Some degrees of disc herniation are, in fact, a natural part of ageing. As such, it is not classified as a disease state because it happens to all of us as we grow older.
As we age, our body starts to wear out and various degenerative processes begin to take place. One of the major areas that degenerate is the spine. Scientists have even discovered that in some cases, degeneration of the spine begins as early as age 30. So, you can see that degeneration is actually quite normal and is just part of the ageing process.
When you go for an MRI scan, the report might surprise you because you will realise that various levels of your spine have undergone various degenerative changes and herniations. You might even see multiple disc bulges! You don’t need to be scared of these herniations because as mentioned earlier, it is a normal part of getting older. However, disc herniations can become a problem if the discs are torn or start pushing on nerves.
Medically speaking, not all herniations or disc bulges can cause pain, but there are those which can cause pain. Also, you can have multiple herniations without even knowing it because you will not feel any pain.
So, our job is to perform a physical examination and determine if any of your spinal discs are causing you pain, discomfort or numbness. If we find any disc herniations that falls into that category, then we will certainly provide the appropriate treatment in order to alleviate the pain.
Disc herniations do not have a cure because it is a normal process of growing old. However, if it causes you pain or discomfort, then a sports chiropractor can help you figure out what is going on and determine the appropriate treatment for your back.
It was recorded that more than 90% of people with disc herniations reported they were feeling better after undergoing chiropractic care.
Within the first 14 days of receiving adjustments from a chiropractor, 55% of patients reported that they had experienced significant improvement.
Although disc herniation is not a problem on its own, it can lead to pain and discomfort. A sports chiropractor can help you accurately diagnose when this happens and provide the best treatment for your condition.
And don’t keep your family and friends in the dark! After seeing the results of an MRI scan, most people are usually scared and confused. If not properly guided, they often make the wrong decision and jump to injections or surgery too quickly.
So please share this with them so they will be equipped to make the best decision before resorting to more invasive treatments.