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Herniated Disc Symptoms

We have been providing treatment for Herniated Discs in San Francisco for over 20 years.

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Herniated Disc Treatment

The bones (vertebrae) that form your spine are cushioned by small, spongy discs. When these discs are healthy, they act as shock absorbers for the spine and keep the spine flexible. But when a disc is damaged, it may bulge or break open. This is called a bulging disc or herniated disc. It may also be called a slipped or ruptured disc.

When a disc herniation is pressing on the spinal cord or nerve roots it can cause pain, numbness, and weakness in the area of the body where the nerve travels. A herniated disc in the lower back can cause pain and numbness in the buttock and down the leg. This is called Sciatica.  Sciatica is the most common symptom of a herniated disc in the low back.

If a herniated disc is not pressing on a nerve, you may have a backache or no pain at all. It’s also possible to experience the symptoms of a herniated disc without having one. This can happen with acute injury, say from a whiplash. The nerves in the low back become irritated from the inflammatory response of the trauma. This is called chemical sciatica and is temporary.

Usually what brings a herniated disc patient in to see a doctor is back pain or leg pain (sciatica). The back doctor will then do a series of orthopedic tests and maybe some x-rays to determine if an MRI of the lumbar spine is necessary. MRI is the gold standard diagnostic tool for confirming or ruling out disc herniation.

Herniated disc symptoms can be progressive. It can start out as slight low back pain, but then as the herniation progresses the back pain gets worse, then leg pain or numbness and tingling, or weakness in the leg can develop.

WARNING:   If you have weakness or numbness in both legs, along with loss of bladder function, seek medical care right away. This could be a sign of a rare but serious problem called cauda equina syndrome. 

If you feel you may have a herniated disc in the neck or low back it’s best to visit your spine doctor right away. A chiropractor is a good place to start.

To find out if you are a candidate for herniated disc treatment in San Francisco call 415-392-2225. Mention the article for a complimentary consultation.

 

Scott Calzaretta

Chiro-Medical Group is an innovative collaboration of health care professionals who work together as a team to promote optimal health. Our group includes experts in the fields of medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy, massage, nutrition, and personal athletic training.

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Cervical Disc Herniation or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) occurs when a nerve in the wrist called the “Median Nerve” is compressed. This typically occurs in people that do repetitive motions of the wrist day in and day out, such as office workers, meat cutters, hair dressers, and athletes.

Carpal Tunnel or Herniated Disc?

The most common signs and symptoms of CTS are pain in the wrist, numbness, tingling, weakness of grip, arm pain, and night pain.

The median nerve actually originates in the neck. It forms from nerve roots in the lower cervical spine, then travels down the middle of the forearm and through a bony tunnel in the wrist called the carpal tunnel.

When the carpal tunnel bones are out of alignment or the contents of the tunnel are overworked (tendons), the median nerve can become irritated and cause CTS symptoms.

But here’s the deal…if the nerve roots that form the median nerve are irritated as they exit the spine…say from a herniated disc in the neck…it can cause the same symptoms you feel when you have carpal tunnel syndrome.

And get this…you would not necessarily have any neck pain. Sometimes you do…sometimes you don’t. It’s when you don’t that causes problems with a proper diagnosis. If you go to a doctor for CTS symptoms that does not deal with carpal tunnel syndrome and herniated discs in the neck on a regular basis, you may get a bad diagnosis.

In fact, in my 20 years in practice, I can’t tell you how many times a doctor has diagnosed hand pain as CTS when the problem was a herniated disc in the neck.

Sometimes the patient has both. If a herniated disc in the neck is suspected we will usually order a cervical MRI to rule it out. But first we try conservative chiropractic care to see if we can improve the patients condition.

Our treatment is from the neck to the fingertips on both sides. We will typically perform chiropractic adjustments to the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, and fingers to realign the spine and extremities, restore motion, and improve strength and function. We will also massage the area to reduce muscle spasms and inflammation as well as break-up and prevent scar tissue formation. Then, we will implement custom exercises to strengthen the areas and restore normal motion.

In the event this CTS protocol fails to deliver desired results, we consider a cervical MRI and nonsurgical spinal decompression to the cervical spine with the DRX9000c. We also have deep tissue therapeutic laser which can help with herniated discs and carpal tunnel syndrome.

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DRX9000c Cervical Decompression

A little different than wrist splints and Motrin Huh?

Believe it or not that’s a common medical approach to these problems. Then cortisone…then surgery…OUCH!

Now not every chiropractor is a carpal tunnel and herniated disc expert…but some are…you have to do some homework to find them.

If you live or work or plan to travel to San Francisco you can visit our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center. Our chiropractors are trained in all the above. If you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation please call 415-392-2225 and mention this blog post.

Scott Calzaretta

Chiro-Medical Group is an innovative collaboration of health care professionals who work together as a team to promote optimal health. Our group includes experts in the fields of medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy, massage, nutrition, and personal athletic training.

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Cervical Disc Herniation Symptoms and Treatment

We have been providing treatment for cervical disc herniations in San Francisco for almost 20 years now. Some of the more common symptoms of a herniated disc in the neck are neck pain, shoulder pain, hand pain, weakness in the upper extremities, numbness and tingling in the arms and hands, night pain, swelling of the fingers, headaches, and cervical muscle spasms.

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DRX9000c

It is possible to have no neck pain at all with a herniated disc…which is why herniated cervical discs are often misdiagnosed as carpal tunnel syndrome. A cervical MRI is the gold standard diagnostic tool for ruling out or confirming a disc herniation.

At our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Clinic, a patient will often present with cervical disc signs and symptoms that have not responded to conventional treatments such as physical therapy, cortisone, chiropractic, or medications. They feel they have nowhere to turn…and may have been told they need neck surgery.

This is when cervical spinal decompression with the DRX9000c should be considered. The DRX9000c is designed and built to treat cervical disc herniations without surgery. We have the only DRX9000c in San Francisco.

Cervical decompression isolates on the spinal segments of the injured cervical disc…say C5-6. The DRX9000x seeks to reposition the herniated disc, enlarge the disc space, elongate the cervical spine, rehydrate the disc, and strengthen the spinal ligaments and muscles. It’s like a respirator for the discs.

Does the DRX9000c work every time? NO…just most of the time. For those that do not benefit from cervical decompression, they are still whole and can pursue other treatment options. The same is not true if you have certain spinal surgeries like a fusion. If you have surgical fusion to the cervical spine, you can never try the DRX9000…you are disqualified.

What if I am having the symptoms of a herniated disc and nothing is helping me…should I get an MRI? YES…and visit a doctor that does nonsurgical spinal decompression.  Many multidisciplinary clinics offer spinal decompression…so you can consult with an MD and a chiropractor.

Whatever you do don’t just run and have neck surgery…check out your options first. Surgery should be the last resort…not the first.

To find out if you are a candidate for the DRX9000c at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center…call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation.

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Scott Calzaretta

Chiro-Medical Group is an innovative collaboration of health care professionals who work together as a team to promote optimal health. Our group includes experts in the fields of medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy, massage, nutrition, and personal athletic training.

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