Herniated Disc FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Herniated Disc Treatment

If you're suffering from agonizing neck pain, back pain, or extremity symptoms, you may wonder if you have a herniated disc, and what you're supposed to do about getting the relief you need. Check out these answers to some frequently asked questions on the subject here at Molloy Chiropractic Center in Vernon Hills.


What Is a Herniated Disc?

A herniated disc is a vertebral disc that has ballooned outward and ruptured. Vertebral discs have a fluid inner section surrounded by a tough outer casing. Extreme stresses can cause the casing to weaken, allowing some part of it to bulge until it tears. The inner section may then leak out onto nearby nerve tissue.

What Causes a Herniated Disc?

Many herniated discs start out as bulging discs. Discs naturally start to flatten and bulge over time, as age has a dehydrating effect on the inner fluid. As the disc becomes less able to support its own structure, it becomes more vulnerable to herniation. Acute injuries, longstanding degenerative spinal conditions, or untreated musculoskeletal alignment problems can also produce herniated discs. 

What Are the Symptoms of a Herniated Disc?

Some herniated discs cause no symptoms at all, while others are excruciatingly painful. A tear in the outer casing can be painful in its own right, while the inner fluid can cause inflammatory pain if it leaks out. If a herniated disc pushes against spinal nerve roots, you may experience neck pain, low back pain, and extremity symptoms such as pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in an arm or leg.

Do I Need Surgery for a Herniated Disc?

If you're experiencing debilitating symptoms from a herniated disc, you may be worried that only surgery to remove the damaged tissue can ease your suffering. Fortunately, however, most herniated discs can be treated without surgery. Here at Molloy Chiropractic Center, we can employ non-surgical treatment solutions to relieve nerve pressure and pain.

How Does Chiropractic Adjustment Treat Herniated Discs?

Once our chiropractor has confirmed a herniated disc through a careful spinal evaluation, chiropractic adjustments to that area can help guide the disc away from sensitive nerve tissue and back toward its original position in the spinal column. 

What Other Kinds of Treatment Can I Expect from Your Vernon Hills Chiropractor?

Our Vernon Hills chiropractor may prescribe physical therapy exercises, acupuncture, lifestyle changes, and other natural strategies to ease your symptoms.

Get Your Answers at Our Vernon Hills Clinic

Whether you have a herniated disc or some other painful spinal problem, Molloy Chiropractic Center has your answers. Call our Vernon Hills clinic at 847-367-7070 to schedule a spinal evaluation!


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