Disc Conditions Treated by Our Chiropractor
Your spine has 33 bones known as vertebrae. As you grow, some of them fuse together, and you typically end up with around 24 by the time you are an adult. Your spinal discs change over time, and you could develop an acute or chronic problem in your spine. Fortunately, Elan Wellness Center, in Tampa, FL, offers treatment for a variety of disc conditions without having to rely on pain medication or invasive procedures like surgery.
Degenerative Disc Disease
Although its name includes disease, this is actually a progressive condition that occurs when the discs in your back begin to lose their flexibility and stability. The discs break down and become more likely to sustain an injury. The majority of people have some degree of disc degeneration as they age. Some do not ever experience any signs of it while others may suffer from pain, weakness, or numbness.
A herniated disc occurs when the outer lining of a disc develops a tear or crack. The contents of the disc may begin to seep out and irritate your surrounding nerves and tissue. As a result, you may experience pain. Weakness, numbness, tingling, and burning are other possible symptoms if the contents of the disc compress your nerves. If the herniated disc is in the upper portion of your spine, you could develop symptoms that extend down your arms. On the other hand, if the disc is in the lower portion of your back, you could experience symptoms that extend down your legs and even into your feet.
A bulging disc is less likely to cause symptoms when compared to disc herniation. This is because the bulging portion is less likely to reach your nerves or soft tissue. However, you could experience pain or other symptoms from a bulging disc. With this particular medical issue, the outer portion of your disc weakens. The contents of your spinal disc push up against the weakened shell.
Treatment for Disc Problems
When you have disc problems, our Westchase chiropractor will start by determining the cause of the problem. This will include a thorough analysis of your medical history as well as asking about any recent injuries you may have received. Before you proceed with chiropractic care, our practitioner may evaluate the range of motion in your back and physically press on the area.
Next, our chiropractor will determine an appropriate treatment to help with your pain, optimize function, and improve the range of motion in your back. This may include spinal adjustments as part of your chiropractic care. During this treatment, our chiropractor will manually move the vertebrae in your back to position them properly. This takes the pressure off the surrounding nerves and soft tissue.
Chiropractic Care for Disc Conditions in Tamp, FL
Spinal discs can wear out. Injuries may occur. No matter what happens to your spine, our Westchase chiropractor can provide the pain relief you need. Schedule an appointment at Elan Wellness Center, in Tampa, FL, by calling us today at (813) 855-0001.