What Is A Herniated Disc?
Lumbar, the area at the rear of the spinal cord, is said to be the most vulnerable area for a herniated disc. A herniated disc is a condition when the spongy, protective layers of the spinal cord suffer damage in the form of a rupture. The damage can cause them to be displaced or break open. After the disc ruptures, the gel inside it seeps out into the spinal canal. The spinal cord is a narrow passage and leakage can cause pressure on the nerves running through it.
Cervical Herniated Disc
Other than the lumbar region, this can occur and cause a lot of problem in the neck as well. When it occurs in the region of the neck, it causes cervical herniated disc. The damage caused does not only lead to neck pain but also to pain in areas that areas supplied by the neck.
Mostly arm pain is caused by any damaged to a disc in the cervical spine region. Rupture in the neck cervical region can be cause by a trauma or an injury. Through the neck, the nerves supplying the arms and other peripheries can be negatively affected by the disc rupture.
It is said that C5 and C6 are prone to a herniated disc. A single bone structure of your spine is called a vertebra. The neck is comprised of seven vertebras and a herniated disc can be a source of pain in any one of them.
Affecting the nerve root running through each vertebra, a disc rupture in a vertebra can cause different symptoms. For instance, upper arm is affected when C4 and C5 disc is damaged. This indicates that the disc between the two vertebras has suffered a lesion. Similarly, when C6-C7 suffers an injury, the triceps become weak combined with numbness and a tingling sensation.
How A Chiropractor Can Help You
After obtaining your medical history, the practitioner will examine your symptoms. As stated above, the neck pain due to a herniated cervical disc can cause symptoms in several different parts of the body. Therefore, it becomes easy to discover the vertebra of concern.
A chiropractor can stimulate the joint to alleviate the pain and use a low velocity hands on technique to slowly and gradually restore your neck to health. A common misconception with relevance to chiropractors is that they can fix the disc in a jiffy. The manual therapy takes several visits to your chiropractor and is effective when the treatment is slow and performed at the right joint.
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