Disc herniation injuries
Disc herniation injuries are commonly caused from the traumatic force that is placed into the body after an auto accident collision. Vertebral discs may also be damaged from excessive stress placed on the disc through certain motions. Since vertebral discs within the spinal column many people turn to chiropractic care for safe and effective treatment. These vertebral discs are within the cervical (neck), thoracic (mid back), and lumbar (lower back) regions of the spine.
Disc herniations and pinched nerves
When the nucleus pulpolsus (center of the disc) becomes misplaced it forms a bulge or herniation on the outside portion of the disc which may then pinch spinal nerves. “Pinched nerves” usually respond very well to chiropractic care. In cases of pinched nerves, you may feel tingling, numbness, and possibly even weakness. This is due to pressure and inflammation on a nerve from bulging discs or bone spurs along the spine. Pressure on these “pinched nerves” cause your symptoms to travel away from the spine, along the course of the nerve. The nerves of the neck travel down the shoulder and extend into the arm, hand, and fingers. This is why so many neck problems cause symptoms to radiate into the arm and hand.
The nerves of the low back join to form the sciatic nerve, which travels down the leg into the foot. This is why a “pinched nerve” of the low back with symptoms radiating down the leg is often called “sciatica”. Nerves can very often become irritated by stiff and restricted joints and muscles. These nerve irritations can cause pain, and even numbness and tingling as well.
Chiropractors perform spinal adjustments
Although most patients receive traditional manual (“hands-on”) adjustments, we also offer “low force” adjustments, performed with a highly advanced instrument. Some patients are familiar with these instrument adjustment techniques, which are often referred to as “activator”, “pro-adjustor”, or “impulse adjusting”. Although these low-force adjustments are gentle and precise. Experience has shown us that instrument adjusting can be effective when used in combination with manual adjusting. In addition, instrument adjusting is an alternative to manual adjusting. Hence with all of our treatment options, the doctor will be happy to discuss with you which adjusting techniques would be best for your condition.
The challenging task of finding ways to manage symptomatic pain can often be troublesome and even unsatisfactory. It is common for patients to come to us after enduring traditional methods of chronic pain.
We offer alternative approaches to diagnosis and treatment that are often welcome solutions, as they save on recovery time, expense and trauma to the body. Our goal is to help our patients achieve a sense of physical and emotional well being.
5 main categories for management of disc herniations:
• acute care – assessment and diagnosis of the initial injury;
• treatment – especially relevant is the use of specialist advice and therapies to promote healing;
• rehabilitation – and then progressive management for full return to pre-injury status;
• prevention – identification and address of deficiencies known to directly result in, or act as precursors to injury, such as movement assessment.
• education – therefore sharing of specialist knowledge to individual patients assist in prevention or management of injury.
Non-surgical treatment for disc herniations
At Accident Pain Clinics of South Florida a thorough examination which include orthopedic and neurologic testing. It may also include X-ray or MRI studies, if necessary, to help determine your exact diagnosis. Manipulation (adjustment) of the spinal and extremity joints is very effective in restoring normal function to the joints, as well as to the surrounding muscles and nerves. This usually leads to a decrease in pain and faster recovery.
Your treatment may also include a combination of the following:
• therapeutic exercises
• electrical muscle stimulation
• heat or cryotherapy
• mechanical traction
• hydro bed therapy
• therapeutic ultrasound
• massage therapy, trigger point therapy, manual therapy, or myofascial release.
These techniques may also be used in conjunction with these other therapies in order to get the best results. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we recommend that you schedule an appointment as quickly as possible.
Pinched nerve treatment in Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach county:
Our goal at Accident Pain Clinics of South Florida is to provide our patients with an exceptional experience when they walk through our doors. Quality services are the least we can provide to help patients through the stressful times after a car accident. We also provide transportation to each of our offices for any auto accident complications. Call our office for a medical evaluation of your disc injuries today at 855-954-2273.