What is a Disc Herniation?

Back pain affects over 80% of adults, at some point in their lives. In fact, one of every five physical medicine patients seek care for back pain. Although the causes may vary, disc herniation is especially painful and impossible to treat without the help of a medical professional.

A disc herniation occurs when the rubbery cushions (discs) between the individual bones (vertebrae) that make up the spine is damaged and protrudes the interior of the disc, outwards. Imagine each disc between the vertebrae in your spine were a jelly donut, softer in the middle and tougher on the outside. When the donut (disc) is compressed to the point that the jelly filling is pushing out towards the tougher exterior, it no longer resembles the jelly donut.

When discs are herniated, they can no longer provide their main function of cushioning the vertebrae of the spine and the nerves. This means that not only is the spine affected, but the surrounding tissues and extremities are as well.

How Do I Know If I Have a Disc Herniation?

Although you should always seek a diagnosis from a physical medicine specialist, those who suffer from disc herniation experience a number of painful symptoms:

  • Difficulty/Pain Standing
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Shooting Pain
  • Spinal Nerve Pressure

Treating A Disc Herniation?

The Georgetown Clinics have developed a 3-phase system to alleviate the pain caused by herniated discs. The first is to restore vital nutrients to damaged spinal discs to reduce inflammation, either through injection or supplement. The second phase ensures the spine and pelvis are properly aligned and have full mobility, which allows the discs to stay in the optimal location. Finally, a soft tissue stability and balance protocol helps you to prevent future damage or injuries from occurring. Our non-surgical solution for treating herniated discs allows you to get back to the things you love to do, quickly.

*Results may vary

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