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Nervous About Chiropractic Care for Herniated Disc El Paso, TX.

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Q: My primary healthcare provider recently diagnosed me with a herniated disc in the lumbar spine. They referred me to get chiropractic treatment, but I’m nervous because it’s new to me and I’m afraid of being adjusted wrong, paralyzed, etc. Can I trust chiropractic treatment to work?

A: It’s normal to be nervous about going to a chiropractic clinic.

If you’re not sure whether chiropractic is for you, there is scientific evidence that shows how chiropractic techniques like spinal manipulation/spinal adjustment and forms of manual/mechanical therapy are safe and effective for relieving pain and other musculoskeletal pain, conditions, and symptoms.

I encourage everyone to try chiropractic treatment as a non-surgical treatment option for a herniated disc.

 

 

It Is Your Decision

At the first appointment, a chiropractor will take a medical history and perform a thorough exam to determine the nature of the symptoms and their possible causes, which include a herniated disc.

Sometimes with a herniated disc, there may be no symptoms at all.

But usually a herniated disc causes:

  • Back pain
  • Referred pain or pain that is felt in other parts of the body like the legs, feet, etc.
  • An irritated spinal nerve can cause symptoms in the legs

This can lead to neurological symptoms like:

  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Weakness in the legs

Once the chiropractor determines your symptoms, they may use one or several techniques to relieve the back pain and other symptoms.

Techniques used by chiropractors for disc-related problems include:

  • Specific self-treatment exercises to improve motion & decrease back pain
  • McKenzie method for relieving leg symptoms
  • Cox technique like spinal traction using special tables
  • Spinal manipulation
  • Hands-on techniques that relieve pain and restore movement to the spine and body

These techniques have been proven to be very safe. There are other techniques a chiropractor can recommend for various conditions, as each has their own style and method.

A chiropractic treatment plan will also include:

  1. Education
  2. Self-management instructions

This is to teach you how to control/eliminate pain with proper posture and proper body mechanics.

Whichever treatment the chiropractor recommends, he or she will discuss it with you, including the benefits and risks.

Although the treatments listed above will most likely be a part of your treatment plan, your chiropractor will answer your questions and work with you to select a treatment that meets your specific goals and preferences.

 

Don’t Be Nervous A Chiropractor Monitors Treatment Progress

If symptoms do not improve within a reasonable time frame, then a chiropractor may refer the patient to other treatments to manage disc-related pain, including:

  • Physical therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Spinal injections
  • Surgery

Fortunately, self-management and time can be the best treatment. Allowing the body to heal itself is the way to go. But if rest is not enough then chiropractic treatment may be just what is needed to kick in the body’s self-healing function.

If you decide to give chiropractic treatment a try, don’t be nervous, as a chiropractor will monitor progress throughout the treatment.

In any case, chiropractors are qualified to discuss the benefits and risks of other treatments, depending on the condition.

Hopefully, this article has given you the basics of chiropractic medicine and how it works so you can make the best choice for your herniated disc/s.


 

El Paso, TX Chiropractor Lower Back Pain Management

 

 

Denise experienced auto accident injuries which resulted in lower back pain. When she realized she couldn’t sit, walk or sleep for lengthy periods of time without having debilitating symptoms, Denise found chiropractic care with Dr. Alex Jimenez at El Paso, TX. Once she received lower back pain management treatment, Denise experienced relief from her symptoms and she was once again able to perform her everyday tasks. Thanks to the education and care Dr. Alex Jimenez provided, Denise, recovered her original well-being.

Back pain is one of the most common complaints, with roughly nine out of ten adults experiencing it at any time in their life, and five from ten working adults developing it annually. Some estimate around 95 percent of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lifetime. It’s by far the typical cause of chronic pain, as it’s also a significant contributor to disability. In the United States alone, cases of lower back pain would be the fifth most frequent reason for physician visits and cause 40 percent of missed days off work. Furthermore, it is the leading cause of disability globally.


 

NCBI Resources

A herniated disc is a common spinal condition that typically affects the cervical spine (neck region) or the lumbar spine (lower back), although it can occur in any part of the spine. Most often, a herniated disc happens at the L4 – L5 and the L5 – S1.  This is because this portion of the spine, the lumbar region, bears the bulk of the body’s weight.

 

Dr. Alex Jimenez

Specialties: Stopping the PAIN! We Specialize in Treating Severe Sciatica, Neck-Back Pain, Whiplash, Headaches, Knee Injuries, Sports Injuries, Dizziness, Poor Sleep, Arthritis. We use advanced proven therapies focused on optimal mobility, posture control, health Instruction, functional fitness, and structural conditioning. We use effective "Patient Focused Diet Plans", Specialized Chiropractic Techniques, Mobility-Agility Training, Cross-Fit Protocols, and the Premier "PUSH Functional Fitness System" to treat patients suffering from various injuries and health problems. Ultimately, I am here to serve my patients and community as a Chiropractor passionately restoring functional life and facilitating living through increased mobility.

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