The term ‘bad back’ gets thrown around a lot, but if you’re suffering from a herniated disc then you’re certainly more aware of the issue than most. Basically, a herniated disc is when your spine’s bones, known as vertebrae, are cushioned by discs that function as shock absorbers. Herniated discs are damaged, deteriorated, or otherwise abnormal discs that bulge out from the spine. When they do so, they apply pressure on nerves, vessels, and other parts of the spinal column.
This condition can trigger pain in the back as well as in other parts of the body, notably the legs in the case of lower back pain, and can be true agony if left unchecked. When a herniated disc presses on nerve roots, it can cause pain, numbness, and weakness in the area of the body where the nerve travels.
Instead of masking the pain with painkillers, consider visiting a chiropractor if you’re suffering from a herniated disc. Chiropractic care will help adjust your spine so that the swelling is lessened and the pain reduced.
Dr. Miok Hyoun
Nova Health & Wellness, Centreville, VA