Chiropractic Care for Herniated Discs and Arthritis of the Spine
Pain and stiffness in the back are common ailments amongst individuals and can be brought on by anything from stress, poor posture, and extraneous activities. It’s essential to know that back pain can be caused by many significant conditions, including herniated disks and spinal arthritis. While many will seek out medication for these ailments, there is another option: chiropractic care.
What Does Chiropractic Care Involve?
Chiropractic care is an alternative form of medical treatment that utilizes more holistic approaches to mending the body’s ailments. Traditionally, chiropractic care uses a mixture of physical and massage therapy. These help stretch and manipulate the body’s muscular and skeletal structure to help relieve pain from several different ailments.
How Chiropractic Care Helps with Arthritis of the Spine
Spinal arthritis, otherwise known as arthritis of the spine, is an inflammation of the facet joints in a patient’s spine. It can also be caused by inflammation of the sacroiliac joints between the spine and the pelvic bone. While the inflammation can occur anywhere along the spine, it is more prominent in the neck and the lower back.
Chiropractic care is an excellent therapeutic technique that works to stretch and then relax the spine to relieve the pain associated with this condition.
Chiropractic Care for Herniated Discs
The bones of the spine are separated and cushioned by rubbery discs that are made up of two parts: the nucleus (the jellylike center) and the annulus (the rubbery outside). Medical professionals may also refer to a herniated disc as a:
- Slipped disk
- Ruptured disk
- Prolapsed disk
- Bulging disk
- Disc protrusion
- Pinched nerve
Herniated disks can occur anywhere along the spine, and while painful, do not typically require surgical treatment. In fact, chiropractic care can help herniated discs by gently stretching and relaxing the patient’s spine. This helps to take some of the pressure off of the disk, which has protruded out of its usual location and is pinched between two vertebrae.
Chiropractic Care from Your Trusted Chiropractic Physician
If you’ve been suffering from painful conditions such as herniated disks or arthritis of the spine and are considering a more holistic approach to pain management, chiropractic care could be for you.
If you’re suffering from herniated discs or arthritis of the spine, Dr. Hether can help. Contact us today by using our online form or by calling (386)734-0702