Herniated discs are common and most often develop as you get older due to degeneration of the disc. Not everyone with a herniated disc experiences pain, but herniation can press on a nerve and cause significant discomfort. Chiropractic expert Michael Sheps, DC, in West Los Angeles, provides innovative treatments for herniated discs to relieve pain and improve health and function. To schedule a consultation, contact the Sawtelle neighborhood office by phone or online today.
Your spine consists of a series of bones referred to as vertebrae. In between each of these bones is a cushiony disc made up of a jelly-like substance encased in a tough exterior.
A herniated disc, also referred to as a slipped or ruptured disc, occurs when the jelly-like substance in the disc breaks through the tough exterior. Herniated discs can occur in any part of your spine, but they most often affect the lumbar (lower back) spine or cervical (neck) spine.
You can develop a herniated disc after an injury. However, herniated discs most often develop due to the degeneration of the disc itself that occurs as you get older. Your discs lose moisture as you age, which makes them more vulnerable to tearing and herniation.
Herniated discs don’t always cause symptoms. However, if your disc is pressing on a nerve, you may experience:
If you’re experiencing back pain that radiates into your arms or legs, Dr. Sheps can perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine the underlying cause of your pain and provide the most effective treatment.
Treatment for your herniated disc may depend on the location of the herniation, your symptoms, and your medical history. Dr. Sheps develops personalized treatment plans to meet your specific needs. Your treatment may include:
Exercise is one of the most effective treatments for a herniated disc. Dr. Sheps creates a personalized strength-training rehabilitation program to improve muscle strength and support to relieve your pain.
To alleviate the pressure on your spinal nerves, Dr. Sheps offers decompression therapy. During this specialized treatment, he gently stretches your spine.
With chiropractic adjustments, Dr. Sheps improves spinal alignment for better function and reduced pain.
Dr. Sheps is an innovative health care provider and may recommend laser therapy to treat your herniated disc. The targeted energy created by the laser may reduce inflammation and improve nerve function.
A herniated disc can be a chronic source of neck or back pain. To get relief from your symptoms from a practitioner who focuses on the end results, contact Michael Sheps, DC, by phone or online today.