A disc (or disk) herniation, also referred to as a bulge or protrusion, occurs when the disk material migrates beyond the normal borders of the outside of the disc called the annulus fibrosis. This can cause discogenic pain and, if protruding enough, nerve impingement.
Discogenic pain, or pain coming from the disc, can create localized lower back pain with pain migrating across the top of the hips in a wide “belt like” pattern, usually one side worse than the other. A disk herniation may also cause nerve root compression that can manifest with pain in the gluteal region or pain/tingling/numbness into the leg or foot.
Most disc cases will have difficulty with sitting for long periods of time, especially on a bench or couch. Difficulty may also be had with driving or getting up from the seated position. Walking on flat ground may help but hills can make it worse.
Coughing, sneezing and bearing down may elicit paint. Pain may be worse first thing in the morning and calm down as the patient gets moving. Difficulty may be had with simple tasks like putting on one’s shoes or doing dishes or laundry.
Our office has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of disk problems, both pre and post surgical. We offer a unique and specific approach to eliminating pain and getting our patients back to the things they enjoy.
Some effective approaches that we implement are postural and lifestyle modification, appropriate extension stretching, decompressive traction, specific chiropractic manipulation, active myofascial release, cold laser therapy, and core conditioning on the Spineforce.
“On my first visit to Hinde Chiropractic Center, I had to crawl into the office due to the incredible pain I was in. I was immediately examined and referred out for an MRI. The MRI confirmed I was suffering from a 12 mm DISC BULGE at my L5 disc. I had decided surgery was not an option, so I began to treatment immediately.
Within a week, I was able to walk again. Within a month, I was back to work part time. In three months, I was back to work full time. I have had no pain for months and in the follow up MRI, my disc bulge had been reduced to only 5 mm. My only residual symptom is some numbness in my foot, which is slowly improving with care.
I thank Hinde Chiropractic Center for their expertise and extra effort to relieve my pain without the use of drugs, and their kind and professional approach to remedy my problem.”
- Bill Adams