Back pain is one of the most complicated health issues you’ll face, mainly because the causes can vary so greatly and because the different steps of recovery are often so varied as well. And when it comes to a slipped disc, you’ll have even fewer options available to you since the issue is so difficult to correct. Your two basic options will be to either stick with your regular physician or to turn to alternative health care providers, mainly chiropractic providers. If you suspect you have a slipped disc or have recently been diagnosed with one, then you’ll want to take a closer look at just what you’re facing and what your options are.
First, it’s worth knowing what the condition is and why it can cause so many different issues. Basically, your spine is made up of an alternating sequence of small bones – called vertebrae – and small cushion like compounds called discs. These discs cushion impacts on the spine and help protect the sensitive nerves, vessels, and bones within it. When these discs become swollen, damaged, degraded, split or otherwise injured then they may ‘slip’ from between the bones, swelling up and pressing against the nerves and vessels around it. Fluid may even leak from a split disc and cause the pain. A slipped disc can cause numbness, tingling, and pain not only in the area it is located, but in any areas connected to the nerves it is pressing against.
Obviously, reduction of swelling is the main treatment option. Your physician will generally go about this by prescribing some muscle relaxers and suggesting cold or hot packs be placed on the area. Slipped discs could be an ongoing condition, however, and the slightest irritation could cause the inflammation again. With chiropractic care you’ll be treated with regular adjustments that work to align any vertebrae that could be out of place and leading to the slipped disc issue. You may also get various muscle related treatments like minor electrical stimulation of the muscles to help relax them.
In severe cases, surgery may be the only way to solve slipped disc issues. Of course, it’s an expensive, invasive, and dangerous option that most don’t want to pursue and as a result most people prefer to try to overcome and manage their pain in other ways. A good chiropractic care provider working with other alternative health care providers could be the perfect option for you. Basically, you’ll find that they can combine stretching exercise regiments, chiropractic care, massage, and acupuncture to deliver a broader approach to overcoming your pain. If you’re tired of the pain then you might want to see just what these professional care providers can do for you.
Dr. Miok Hyoun
Nova Health & Wellness