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At Balance Chiropractic Health Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Oakland and Sonoma, California areas Dr. Whitmore provides a holistic approach for patients in the Salt Lake City, Oakland, and Sonoma areas looking for treatment and natural pain relief for herniated discs.

Herniated Disc Q & A

What is a herniated disc?

A herniated disc, also called a bulging disc, is a common injury to the spine. It occurs when one of the discs that sit between the bones of the spine is damaged. The damage then presses on the nerves, causing pain in the back and neck as well as symptoms such as numbness, tingling, or weakness in other areas of the body. A herniated disc does not always show signs or symptoms until the condition impinges on a nerve in the spinal column and starts causing pain. Depending on the location of the herniation on the spine, it can cause excruciating pain, loss of range of motion, and other adverse effects.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of a herniated disc will depend on the location where the disc herniation occurs, and whether or not nerve tissue is being irritated. If the herniation is large enough, the disc tissue can press down on the adjacent spinal nerves

causing shooting pain. Usually, the pain will occur on one side of the body. Other common symptoms include:

  • Back pain

  • Neck pain

  • Leg pain

  • Arm pain

  • Stiffness

  • Tenderness of the spine

  • Numbness and tingling

How does chiropractic care help treat a herniated discs?

Dr. Whitmore’s approach to treatment offers chiropractic, holistic, and applied kinesiology efforts for long-lasting relief from this condition. Once a herniated disc is confirmed through proper diagnosis, a full treatment plan will be put into effect. This plan may involve adjustments, exercises, and lifestyle coaching in diet and health. Nutritional education and counseling are a beneficial complement to chiropractic adjustments. That, along with exercise and rehabilitation efforts, can make a significant difference for your recovery and overall health as they help control the signs and symptoms associated with your spine condition. In any case of herniation, it is recommended that proper rest be taken to avoid re-injuring the disc.

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