Dr. Brett Stephens
What is a disc?
There are 23 spinal discs. These discs make the space between our spinal bones and give flexibility to the spine. A disc is made up of an inner core of nucleus pulposus, which is gel like. The outer portion of the disc is called annulus fibrosus and is made up of tough fibers. The outer layer helps contain the inner core.
What is a Herniated Disc?
A herniated disc can occur in any of the spinal discs along the spine. A disc herniation can commonly be confused as a disc bulge. Other names for herniated disc are protrusion, prolapsed, ruptured or slipped. A herniated disc is where tough outer fibers tear and allow the gel like nucleus pulposus to leak outside the disc center. The leaking pulposus is highly inflammatory, irritating the nearby tissue and nerves. This irritation can be extremely painful, sometimes leaving the person bedridden.
Common Symptoms of a Herniated Disc
Common symptoms of a disc herniation are local pain to the area- neck, mid back, lower back, that can include pain into the arms or legs. Pain symptoms can include, stabbing, shooting, burning, tingling, numbness, and weakness.
Dr. Brett Stephens Approach to Herniated Disc
Dr. Stephens takes a unique approach to treating Herniated Disc Pain, along with Chiropractic, Dr. Stephens uses Softwave Therapy to treat the Herniated Disc. Softwave Therapy is clinically proven to decrease pain and inflammation to the treated site. This creates an environment for healing
Common Causes of a Herniated Disc
Common causes of a herniated disc are lifting large, heavy objects, twisting, bending, age, trauma, lifestyle choices, posture, muscle imbalances, and genetics.
Disc herniation’s may become serious and can cause permanent nerve injury. It is highly important if you are having these symptoms to make an appointment for an exam and proper diagnostic imaging. Chiropractic is a safe and effective treatment for a disc herniation at any region of the spine.
Herniated disc treatment options
At Axe Chiropractic we take a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of disc herniation. A complete examination will be performed to verify the cause of the pain. Proper diagnostic imaging may be ordered to rule out other factors. The first level of treatment will be a customized plan of Chiropractic adjustments, specific exercises and stretches. Chiropractic adjustments usually resolve the issue but if the expected results from the adjustments are not accomplished a referral to our medical doctors may be necessary to assist in the treatment. Axe Chiropractic is one of the few chiropractic offices in DFW that works hand and hand with medical doctors to properly treat and manage spinal conditions and injuries.