Herniated discs are extremely common. About half of all adults above the age of 35 have experienced a herniated disc. There is a wide variety of causes for a herniated disc, but luckily there are many treatments available to assist those experiencing pain and discomfort herniated discs can bring.
Symptoms and Causes Of a Herniated Disc
There is an expansive assortment of conditions that cause a herniated disc. Some of these include age, weight, impact, lifestyle, and certain movements.
As we age, the discs in our body become dry, less flexible, and less resilient. Many lifestyle choices could also increase the risk of a herniated disc. For example, having a career or hobby that requires constant heavy back movements can quickly cause injury or trauma to the back’s discs.
Weight gain, as well as pregnancy, are also major causes of a herniated disc. During this time, there is more pressure applied to the discs, which increases the risk of a break or damage.
Some of the most familiar symptoms that people tend to experience with a herniated disc include:
- Discomfort and numbness on one side of the body
- Pain that travels down the legs or up the arms
- Muscle weakness
- Sensations of burning, aching, or tingling
- Pain that strengthens in the night or while in motion, including walking, standing, or sitting
Herniated Disc Treatment
Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections (or PRP,) is an organic healing procedure that can aid in the body’s natural ability to reconstruct and restore damaged or degraded tissues. A small sample of blood is taken from the patient and inserted into a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins the sample rapidly until it separates the platelets and red blood cells. The platelets are then drawn into a syringe and turned into PRP injections. These injections are injected directly into the site of injury or pain. These platelets will then help the body repair and restore the injured tissue.
Spinal Decompression treatment is a non-surgical process used to relieve disc trauma. Spinal Decompression requires the patient to sit comfortably on a specialized table. A harness is then attached around the hips, while the upper body is secured.
The table will move in gentle motions to carefully monitor the amount of pressure applied to the spine. This gentle method therapeutically allows the spine to expand, releasing pressure on disc and nerves.
Chiropractic Care is another beneficial treatment for a herniated disc. This approach will result in decreased fluid retention in the muscles, tissues, and joints. During a chiropractic visit, our chiropractor will apply manipulation and mobilization techniques in the joints and in areas where injured discs are restricted. These manipulations relieve pain and improve movement.
Regenerative Medicine using Umbilical Allografts gives the body’s natural healing mechanism the ability to rebuild and regenerate underlying tissue damage. During this treatment, injections containing Wharton’s jelly-derived regenerative tissue are introduced into the body where healing is needed. The body uses these cells to repair disc damage, as well as any affected nerves or bones.
These umbilical allografts are collected from umbilical cord tissue at the time of scheduled births. The collection of this tissue is donated by consenting mothers who are carefully screened for communicable diseases. The collection of this tissue causes no harm to the mother or child.
To find a better treatment plan for your herniated disc in Columbus, Dublin, Westerville, or any nearby Central Ohio city, call Innovative Medical Centers at (614) 412-5009.