Frequently Asked Questions About Herniated Discs

Herniated Disc FAQs With Cornerstone Chiropractic in Everett, WA

What is a Herniated Disc?

The vertebrae of the spine are separated by inter-vertebral discs which act as “shock absorbers”. Each inter-vertebral disc has a soft gel-like interior (nucleus pulposus) that lie within a tougher fibrous exterior layer (annulus fibrosus).

A herniated disc (slipped disc) occurs when the interior of the disc “herniates” or bulges out through a defect in the outer fibrous layer of the disc. This leads to increased pressure being exerted against adjacent nerves and resultant painful symptoms.

What Causes a Herniated Disc?

A herniated disc can be due to:

  • Normal aging
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Injury due to Repetitive Motion
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Acute injuries
  • Motor Vehicle Injuries
  • Sports Related Injuries
  • Obesity

What are Symptoms of a Herniated Disc?

There are various symptoms of a herniated disc including:

  • Neck pain
  • Arm pain
  • Back pain
  • Leg pain
  • Tingling in extremities
  • Numbness in extremities
  • Weakness in extremities
  • Bowel dysfunction from a severe herniation
  • Bladder dysfunction from a severe herniation

How Long Does it Take to Heal From a Herniated Disc?

It can often take from 2 to 4 weeks of chiropractic treatment to obtain consistent pain relief. After that, it can take from 2 months to 2 years of chiropractic treatment for full healing.

How does Chiropractic Treatment at Cornerstone Chiropractic Help a Herniated Disc?

Dr. Litchfield, your Everett, WA chiropractor, will begin the treatment process with a complete history and physical and neurological exam. This will determine whether X-Rays or additional medical imaging are necessary.

Dr. Litchfield will then develop a comprehensive chiropractic treatment plan. This will consist of manual and instrument assisted chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, lifestyle and nutritional counseling and corrective exercises to promote healing.

Call Cornerstone Chiropractic Today for an Appointment for Evaluation and Treatment of a Herniated Disc

Call our Everett, WA chiropractor today at 425-379-6301 for an appointment for evaluation and treatment of a herniated disc with Dr. Lichfield. Dr. Litchfield has been in chiropractic practice since 1991 and will bring a wealth of experience to the chiropractic care of your herniated disc. Cornerstone Chiropractic is located at 2003 132nd St SE Ste E, Everett, WA 98208.

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At Cornerstone Chiropractic, we are fully dedicated to providing solutions to address your unique needs. This personal care is why people throughout the Everett area come to Cornerstone Chiropractic.

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