Herniated discs are a common musculoskeletal problem, affecting up to 2% of adults at any time. At Illinois Spinal Care in Elmhurst and Palatine, Illinois, experienced chiropractor Travis Bertke, DC, and the team offer drug-free, nonsurgical treatment for herniated discs, including therapeutic massage therapy and spinal traction therapy. Call the nearest office today to schedule herniated disc treatment or book your appointment online.

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I have back pain and tingling; could it be a herniated disc?

Yes. A herniated disc occurs when one of your intervertebral discs –– soft, rubbery cushions that support your vertebrae –– becomes pinched or compressed. This causes the disc to bulge outward (or herniate), putting pressure on one or more nerves in your spine.

Herniated discs cause severe back or neck pain. You might also experience tingling or numbness in your limbs, depending on its location.

When should I see a chiropractor about a herniated disc?

Make an appointment at Illinois Spinal Care if you develop neck or back pain lasting more than a few days and doesn’t respond to ice and rest. That’s particularly true if the pain occurs alongside other symptoms, like numbness, tingling, and weakness.

How does a doctor of chiropractic diagnose a herniated disc?

Your Illinois Spinal Care provider reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including where the pain occurs, what it feels like, and if it’s worse during certain activities, like exercising or lying down.

Next, they complete a physical and a neurological exam. Your provider looks at your spine, checking for redness, bruising, and swelling, and gently presses on your spine and the surrounding skin to identify sensitive places.

Then, they test your reflexes, muscle strength, and walking ability. Your provider also presses on the bottom of your feet with various tools to see how well you can feel them.

Your chiropractor might order X-rays if they suspect an underlying medical issue, like a broken bone, bone spur, or spinal misalignment, cause your symptoms.

How does a chiropractor treat a herniated disc?

The Illinois Spinal Care team treats herniated discs using a drug-free, nonsurgical approach. They might suggest:

  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Therapeutic massage therapy
  • Spinal decompression therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Ice, rest, and activity changes

It often takes a combination of several treatments to provide lasting relief. To ensure a positive outcome, follow your Illinois Spinal Care provider’s instructions and attend each of your checkups.

Can I prevent herniated discs?

There’s no way to prevent herniated discs entirely, but there are steps you can take to lower your risk. The Illinois Spinal Care team recommends maintaining a healthy weight, practicing good posture, and exercising regularly. These factors can support your spinal alignment and mobility for years to come.

Call Illinois Spinal Care today to schedule treatment for herniated discs, or book your visit online.