A herniated disc is a common cause of neck and back pain. Nathan D. Gomez, DC, and Brian Riggs, DC, at One Life Chiropractic in Katy, Texas, offer innovative therapies that provide fast and lasting relief from neck and back pain from a herniated disc. To learn more about the therapies for a herniated disc at One Life Chiropractic, call the office or request an appointment online today.

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What is a herniated disc?

A herniated disc is a condition in which the tough exterior of an intervertebral disc ruptures, allowing the gel-like substance inside the disc to leak out. Intervertebral discs separate each bone in your spine, cushioning them and acting as a shock absorber.

You can get a herniated disc from a bad fall or lifting something too heavy. However, herniated discs most often occur because of disc degeneration.

Over time, the intervertebral discs lose moisture and shrink, making them more vulnerable to tears and herniations.

Depending on the location and size of the herniation, the disc may compress or irritate a nerve, causing pain.

What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?

Not everyone with a herniated disc has symptoms. If your disc doesn’t irritate a nerve, you may have dull neck or back pain that comes and goes.

When the disc compresses or irritates the spinal cord or a spinal nerve root, you may have pain that radiates into the arm or leg. You may also have burning, tingling, or numbness.

A herniated disc is also a common cause of sciatica, a nerve pain condition that causes radiating leg pain.

What can I expect during an evaluation for a herniated disc?

You can expect a patient-centered evaluation when you visit One Life Chiropractic for help with your herniated disc. The providers take a holistic approach to care, focusing on your whole health, not your pain condition.

They ask about your symptoms and the activities that make them worse. They review your daily routine and medical history and complete a physical exam. Your provider may also have you undergo X-rays to confirm your herniated disc and its location.

What are the treatments for a herniated disc?

One Life Chiropractic customizes your herniated disc treatment plan so you get fast and lasting results. Your plan may include the following:

  • Manual manipulation
  • Decompression
  • ArthoStim® therapy
  • Laser therapy
  • Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF)
  • Wharton’s jelly
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)

The state-of-the-art therapies offered at One Life Chiropractic support your body’s natural healing process so you get long-term relief.

Call the office or request a consultation online today to learn more about herniated disc therapies at One Life Chiropractic.