Back pain is one of the most common health problems. Numerous conditions cause it and many people live their lives by simply ignoring it. One of the most common causes of back pain is a herniated disc. Without treatment, a herniated disc can worsen until the pain associated with it becomes unbearable.

The good news is that by seeking a chiropractor’s help, you can alleviate the pain associated with a herniated disc while ensuring that it does not progress further.

How Do Chiropractors Treat Herniated Discs?

Chiropractors differ from traditional doctors in that they do not utilize invasive techniques to treat the body. They evaluate the patient’s overall posture, diet and habits to create a complete diagnosis as to why something hurts or refrains from functioning correctly. This allows them to utilize conservative treatments to alleviate pain and help the body repair some of the damage that has been caused. Before figuring out what technique is right for you, you should know a bit about each one.

Flexion-Distraction Technique

During this type of treatment, the chiropractor will make you lay down on a special table. This table stretches your spine to alleviate some of the pressure that is created by the herniated discs. The chiropractor then applies careful amounts of force to your back. This allows the discs to be moved back into place, which in turn alleviates some of the pressure on the nerve. This reduces pain and inflammation in the short term and tends to center the disc back where it should be in the long term.

This technique will often be combined with certain exercises, nutritional supplements and ultrasound therapy.

Spinal Decompression

This technique is appropriate for some cases of herniated discs. It works by decompressing the discs of the spine to alleviate tension. During treatment, your chiropractor will lengthen and stretch the spine to release pressure. The process of putting pressure on the spine and then releasing it creates negative disc pressure. This pressure helps move the spinal column back into place.

Pelvic Blocking Technique

Another often-used chiropractic technique for herniated discs is the pelvic blocking technique. Your chiropractor uses cushioned blocks to adjust your spine in ways that alleviate pressure on the herniated disc. During this treatment, your chiropractor may give you special exercises to perform. These exercises will allow the muscles in your back to be strengthened in ways that naturally support good posture, which in turn promotes treating the disc and preventing the same injury from recurring.

Other Treatment Options

Numerous other treatment options are available from your chiropractor. These options may include changes in your diet, custom orthotics for your shoes, exercises designed to strengthen your posture and various techniques designed to alleviate the pain associated with a herniated disc.

Dr. Jen Lidstrom and her staff at Lakeside Sports Chiropractic and Motorsports Rehab can help you decide what might be the best course of action to fix a possible herniated disc. Dr. Jen Lidstrom could also be able to answer any questions or concerns you might have as to what chiropractic care is right for you. Contact Lakeside Sports Chiropractic and Motorsports Rehab today to schedule your consultation.