How Do I Know If I Have a Herniated Disc?

Herniated discs in the low back are fairly common. They are less common in the neck.  Usually when a disc is herniated there is low back pain or sciatica pain, but you can also have a herniated disc and not even know it. Truthfully, many people will live with herniated discs and never have any symptoms. In fact, some herniated discs in the neck or back will heal on their own.

Most of the time it is pain, numbness or tingling that causes a herniated disc patient to seek treatment. There are other causes of these symptoms, so it's not always a cervical or lumbar disc herniation. Some of the other musculoskeletal conditions that can cause these symptoms are neck or back sprain/strain, subluxation, misalignment, pinched nerve, degenerative disc disease, facet syndrome, stenosis, and more.

A disc herniation is not the end of the world either. In fact, most of the time a cervical or lumbar disc herniation will respond favorably to conventional chiropractic or physical therapy. In the event some extra help is needed, many chiropractors offer nonsurgical spinal decompression. The machine we use is the DRX-9000.

Spinal decompression machines are designed and built to treat disc herniations naturally without drugs or surgery. Sometimes the combination of chiropractic and the DRX-9000 is just what's needed.

As far as confirming the presence of a disc herniation...the MRI is the gold standard. Typically, we order an MRI to quantify the problem and help dictate the treatment plan. Sometimes there are multiple levels of involvement which requires more treatment. Sometimes the severity is minimal which takes less time. All cases are different.

In addition, not everyone can qualify medically for spinal decompression treatment. Because of this, we offer a complimentary consultation which we can do in person to see if you are a good candidate for care. If you are interested in scheduling a consultation, please call (415) 392-2225.

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