A disc herniation occurs when the fibers surrounding the nucleus are torn and the nucleus is pushed out. Because there are pain sensors in the fibers when they tear, a herniation causes back pain. When disc herniations lead to radiculopathies (disc pushes on nerves), they often are associated with arm or leg pain. Other symptoms besides pain might be weakness, numbness, tingling, or pins and needles in any of the extremities.
Chiropractic manipulation is very successful in the management and treatment of disc herniations with and without radiculopathy. Chiropractic treatment restores movement, decreases inflammation, and reduces pain. Disc herniations can respond very well to conservative chiropractic treatment with a fraction of the risks associated with surgery, so consider chiropractic therapy before deciding on surgery.
Disclaimer: Please keep in mind that this information is only for general knowledge; it is not to be used for self-diagnosis or self-treatment.
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