HERNIATED DISC IN Laguna Hills CA
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Do you have a herniated disc in Laguna Hills CA? Are you suffering from back pain, but are unsure of what may have caused it? Well, one thing is for certain, you're not alone. The number of reported cases of back pain continues to rise each year. In fact, the National Center for Health Statistics has determined that more than 13% of all hospital admissions are due to some variation of back pain.
Causes of Herniated Disc in Laguna Hills CA
While a number of things may be responsible for the pain including; fractures, sprains, strains, and spinal stenosis, a herniated/bulging disc is by far one of the most common. Recent studies have shown that nearly 35% of the American population currently have herniated or bulging discs, many of them asymptomatic. Unfortunately, these people are unaware that their discs are acting like ticking time bombs, waiting for a time when they are overcome by stress, resulting in varying degrees of pain. Your doctors at Khorrami Chiropractic Wellness Center in Laguna Hills CA understand how severe herniated and bulging discs may be and will use this article to provide you with information about this condition, as well as the most appropriate treatment options.
To understand what a herniated/bulging disc is, it is essential to have a basic understanding of its normal structure and function. A typical person has 23 intervertebral discs throughout their spine, each separating the neighboring vertebrae or back bones. An intervertebral disc has two primary components; the annulus (a group of circular fibers) and a nucleus found within the center of the annulus. While it may seem too simplistic, relating a disc to a jelly donut provides a good visualization of its structure. To picture this, imagine the nucleus as the jelly in the center of the donut or annulus. While the design may be simple, it has allowed intervertebral discs to become one of the most amazing structures found within the human body. Imagine the amount of stress that a single disc experiences in a lifetime, acting as a shock absorber with every single step and motion. Not only do these discs act as the only shock absorbers throughout our spine, but they are also responsible for protecting the surrounding nerves and muscles.
What is a Herniation or a Bulging Disc?
While discs are extremely strong, they are susceptible to damage and subsequent weakening. Over time, damage to the disc can weaken the annulus allowing the inner nucleus to bulge at the weakened area, or in the most severe cases herniate completely through. We will refer back to the jelly donut analogy to illustrate this concept. As pressure is applied to the intervertebral disc, it typically causes a slight enlargement on the opposite side of the disc due to a shifting of the fluid nucleus (jelly). For example, when a person bends forward to pick something up they increase the pressure on the front of the disc, causing the jelly (nucleus) to shift to the back. In a healthy disc, the enlargement and fluid will return back to its normal position once the added pressure or stress is removed. However, when the disc has been compromised, it will often remain in its deformed state causing disruption or even damage to the surrounding structures.
Now that you have an understanding of what a disc is, as well as a herniation and bulge, I'm sure your wondering what caused the disc to become weak in the first place. The answer to this question isn’t as easy as you would guess. Typically, the development of pain due to a damaged disc has been building up over time. Lifting that heavy box, tying your shoe, or even coughing which may have caused the pain to become noticeable, was more than likely the straw that broke the camels back. Prior to the development of pain, factors such as subluxations, osteoarthritis, loss of normal spinal curves, and simple improper posture led to the weakening of the outer annulus of the disc. The moment you noticed the pain, was more than likely the time that the nucleus bulged through the annulus, placing pressure and stress on the surrounding nerves.
How to Fix a Herniated or Bulging Disc?
While there are many treatments available, starting with the least invasive and most conservative approach is always the best idea. Thankfully, when treating herniated or bulged discs, the most conservative approach has been found to be the most effective. After determining the diagnosis of a disc problem, your doctor will confirm their suspicions through the use of MRI or X-ray imaging. Once a disc pathology has been confirmed, your doctors will determine the most appropriate treatment avenue.
With subluxations (misalignments) of surrounding vertebrae being one of the most common causes of disc herniations, chiropractic adjustments have been found to be one of the most effective treatment choices especially when combined with Spinal Decompression therapy. Your doctor at Khorrami Chiropractic Wellness Center will often combine spinal decompression therapy with your adjustment protocol to enhance the results and contribute to a faster recovery. In addition to increased effectiveness, spinal decompression therapy also minimizes the risk and cost that is often seen with many surgeries.
A disc bulge or herniation stems from the outer edges of the discs that are located in between the vertebrae. These outer edges become damaged which leads to a gelatin-like mass squeezing out and creating a bulge. This can cause pain and this issue is more common than most people think. Despite this, it can often go undetected as some patients feel no pain for a while. The pain is determined by the size and location of the herniation within spine. The damaged disc can potentially irritate nerves around it which can cause a stabbing or shooting pain sensation and even issues within the legs.
It is essential this condition is found as soon as possible as the risk of further damage is possible with this issue. Khorrami Chiropractic Wellness Center will completely and carefully examine your back to understand the intensity of your condition along with creating a customized treatment plan to stop the potentially worsening effects of a herniation and relieve the pain associated with it.
We customize a very specific treatment plan depending on the condition and severity of it after examination and evaluation.
- KDT Decompression: is a proven effective way to reduce pressure induced by bulging or herniated disc by creating negative pressure inside the joint and creating negative effect on intradiscal pressure and increase of disc height increasing in injured area. No other treatment options are as effective as treating these conditions non-surgically.
- MLS Laser Therapy: A pain-free procedure that penetrates the tissue activating mitochondrial activity and greatly stimulating blood flow to the targeted area. This has the effect of stimulating healing, creating an analgesic effect (reducing pain) and decreasing inflammation and overall accelerating the recovery process.
- Neuromuscular Stimulator: Featuring 4 distinct wave forms to reduce inflammation, improve blood flow and help to repair injured areas.
If you are suffering from back pain or want an evaluation and consultation to determine if you may be one of the 35% of Americans with asymptomatic disc bulges, contact Khorrami Chiropractic Wellness Center in Laguna Hills CA today.
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