In some cases, disc injuries are so severe that they require surgery to repair the spine, eliminate pain and restore full body function. The good news is that only a small percentage of patients suffering from herniated discs will need surgery.
The better news is that only a limited number of back injuries are diagnosable as herniated discs. Sciatica, for instance, is sometimes caused by a herniated disc but is usually the result of a less severe pinched nerve issue. Basic misalignment of the spinal column can often be to blame for back pain or radiating arm and leg pain.
With that said, if you are struggling with any of the symptoms associated with herniated discs, it is a good idea to see a chiropractic professional right away. Your chiropractor will be able to examine your spine, determine the location and scope of your injury and recommend the best treatment path for your injury.
If you do have a herniated disc, but the issue isn’t so severe that surgery is necessary, your chiropractor will use spinal adjustments and appropriate management to relieve the pressure on your disc and stop the resulting inflammation. This treatment—combined with therapeutic exercises and other techniques—will help to heal your spine and prepare you for recovery.
Current evidence supports chiropractic care as effective management and cost effective recovery of disc injuries. Is has been revealed as good as or more effective than other modalities, including medication and surgery, and relatively much lower risk.