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Herniated discs are often painful and debilitating, but you don’t have to suffer. Fortunately, nonsurgical chiropractic care helps aid in recovery and ease the pain when you have a herniated disc. Call the Chiro Guy in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles to learn more or book an appointment online with Dr. Ash Khodabakhsh.

Herniated Disc Q & A

You have a herniated disc when the soft discs filled with jelly-like substances located between vertebrae in your spine rupture. The jelly-like center of discs can leak, irritate nerves nearby, and cause back pain. Many men and women suffering from herniated discs don’t require surgery.

If you have a herniated disc, you may experience the following symptoms:

  • Back or neck pain
  • Arm or shoulder pain
  • Shooting pain
  • Weakness, tingling, or numbness in one or both legs

Herniated discs often happen as a result of the normal wear and tear associated with aging. Turning or twisting the wrong way can cause a ruptured disc, so can using your back to lift heavy objects instead of lifting with your arms and legs.

Risk factors for a herniated a disc include family history (genetics), being overweight or obese — this puts extra pressure on the spine — and having a physically demanding job. You’re also at risk if you continuously lift, push, or pull heavy objects.

Various treatment options help manage herniated disc pain and promote a faster recovery. Treatments available through Dr. Ash’s office include:

  • Heat therapy
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Cold laser therapy
  • Chiropractic traction therapy
  • Electric muscle stimulation
  • Exercise therapy

Ultrasound therapy uses sound waves to aid in healing, and cold laser therapy utilizes low-level light energy to ease pain and enhance healing. Electric muscle stimulation sends electronic pulses to nerves, to create muscle contractions.

Herniated disc injuries and pain often improve gradually with proper treatment. A small number of men and women who suffer from herniated discs require surgery. Dr. Ash talks with you about which treatment option is the best match for you based on your medical history.

A few simple tips can help prevent herniated disc recurrence:

  • Practice good posture
  • Lift heavy objects with your legs
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise regularly (cardio and resistance)

When you’re ready to relieve the pain associated with a herniated disc and recovery quickly, call Dr. Ash’s office or book an appointment online.

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