Spinal Decompression for Herniated Discs
Low back pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal disorders experienced across patients worldwide, with the average person experiencing nonspecific low back pain between 15% to 45% throughout their lifetime.
Fortunately, however, research has shown that the prevalence has begun decreasing in recent years. Several reasons may attribute to this decrease, including the rising popularity of non-invasive chiropractic treatment options such as spinal decompression.
Now, there are several reasons why someone may be suffering from low back pain. One common reason relates to herniated discs of the spine.
What is a Herniated Disc?
A herniated disc is a common source of back pain in millions of individuals and becomes more common as we age. However, there are several other ways a disc in your back could become herniated, including:
- Excessive weight gain
- Occupational hazards, such as heavy lifting or repetitive bending/stooping, or twisting
- Traumatic accident
- Degenerative diseases
- Inactive lifestyle
Your spinal is made up of many vertebrae, all of which are separated by a jelly-like disk. The outer portion of the disk is much thicker and keeps the softer center in its proper place. Occasionally, one of these discs becomes weak, and should you move the wrong way, or some sort of trauma causes excessive compression of that disk, it could tear open and force the softer center through. This is called a herniated or slipped disc.
While one of the most common signs of a herniated disc is back pain because the disc compresses the surrounding nerves, it’s important to note that many feel no pain at all. Instead, they may experience general muscle weakness or even numbness/tingling radiating through the body.
If you believe you may have a herniated disc, then you’ll be happy to know that there are many treatment options available to you, including spinal decompression therapy.
How Can Spinal Decompression Help Herniated Discs?
Spinal decompression therapy is a treatment option that gently stretches the patient’s spine. This stretching process helps create a gentle vacuum, allowing the herniated disk to slip back where it belongs, often giving patients immediate relief from their symptoms.
This process also helps draw fluids to the damaged areas, bringing with it vital nutrients and oxygen, helping to jumpstart the body’s natural healing abilities.
Spinal Decompression Therapy in Chamblee, GA
Spinal decompression is a non-invasive, pain-free, all-natural solution that our team at Atlanta Spine and Wellness utilizes quite frequently, and our patients always report back feeling better after each session.
Have questions regarding spinal decompression and/or its benefits? Call our office today at (770) 392-9299. New to our practice? Schedule your free consultation by calling (770) 392-9299 and press option 1.