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Disc injuries can be difficult to diagnose. Often, a herniated disc injury can be called anything from a pinched nerve to a slipped disc. Sometimes, these descriptions can be accurate, but at the same token, these descriptions can also describe any number of other injuries. In a true herniated disc injury the rubbery padding that is located between each disc in the spine becomes damaged. Imagine that the rubbery substance between each disc is like an inflated inner tube. In a herniated disc injury, there is a puncture to the inner tube where air, or in the body's case, a jelly-like substance, is escaping, causing the inner tube or disc to become damaged and painful.
The most common cause of a herniated disc is due to disc degeneration. This means that as a person ages their body simply begins to break down from normal wear and tear. Over time the rubbery padding between each disc is not as strong as it once was and can be more susceptible to tearing. Most of the time it can be difficult for people to pinpoint the exact cause of their disc injury. Herniated discs are rarely caused by a traumatic injury or sudden motion.
Usually, herniated disc injuries occur in the lower back although it is possible to have a herniated disc in the neck. People can experience weakness or numbness in the legs or arms. You may notice that you are unable to hold items or find yourself tripping more frequently. Another common symptom is a pain in the lower back, buttocks, or calf. People commonly report this pain with sudden movements such as sneezing or coughing.
Our Austin, TX chiropractor will first do a full analysis of your injury which will include X-rays and an MRI to determine the extent of the injury. The amount of damage in the disc will often determine the treatment the chiropractor prescribes. Often, simple exercises or manipulation techniques are used to treat herniated discs. One popular technique is to stretch and lengthen the muscles surrounding the injury in order to steer the disc away from the nerve that is causing pain.
If you have been experiencing back pain in your lower back, or have been feeling weakness in your arms or legs recently there is a chance you may have a herniated disc. Our caring office is well versed in treating herniated disc injuries to help you get back to a normal life. The Chiropractic offices of Roy A. Logan, DC are conveniently located at 12345 N. Lamar Blvd. Suite 137 in Austin, Texas. Call us today at (512) 215-3256 to schedule your appointment.