Chiropractic Care for Herniated Discs

As we age and go through life, it is common to experience back or neck pain of various kinds. While this can range from mild to much more severe, general back pain is a very different experience than a herniated disc. A herniated disc is a condition in which the disc is bulging outside the normal curve of the spine, which can be very painful. Over 33% of people without previous back pain have endured a herniated disc; this is nearly doubled in people over the age of 60. However, many people do not even realize they have a herniated disc until a nerve is pressed, leading to intense pain and potential loss of motion. Visit NE Metro Atlanta chiropractor Dr. Esther Widjaja, who can offer care that identifies these issues early and help alleviate pain and regain function.

Signs and Symptoms of a Herniated Disc

Because the spine is so crucial to overall health, back pain can present in many different ways, and it can be hard to know if a herniated disc is the cause or not. Risk factors include age, due to the loss of elasticity over time, making the spine injury prone. This is why for all people, chiropractic care can become more important as we get older. A herniated disc is also more likely to occur after an impact such as a car accident, slip and fall, or other injury. A herniated disc may present as tenderness of the spine, neck pain, stiffness, arm pain, or general back pain. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, visit Phoenix Chiropractic in NE Metro Atlanta to experience the safest and most effective care.

Chiropractic Care for Managing Herniated Discs

It is a common misconception that chiropractic care can worsen herniated discs, but this is not true. Dr. Esther Widjaja will carefully asses your situation and health and customize a chiropractic care plan to address your problem areas. She will adjust you with the utmost precision and care, helping guide your spine to no longer press on nerves, which is the primary cause of pain in most instances. Realigning the spine can also help reset nerve communications to all systems and reduce swelling around the disc itself. Studies of those impacted by the condition show that people are most often referred to surgeons for spinal blocks to alleviate their extreme pain. But when these same people received consistent chiropractic care for five weeks instead, their pain was substantially reduced. Research such as this points to chiropractic care being a less invasive, yet more effective, option when faced with major back surgery.  Similar trials have shown that three out of four people report that chiropractic care specifically targeted at herniated disc pain management is successful.

Chiropractic care has been able to help many living with pain from a herniated disc. If you suffer from this condition and the pain it causes, schedule your appointment with Dr. Esther Widjaja of Phoenix Chiropractic today. The practice serves the NE Metro Atlanta area and nearby communities including Peachtree Corners, Duluth, Dunwoody, Chamblee, Norcross, Johns Creek, and Lilburn.




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