Can A Chiropractor Help a Herniated Disc?

Chiropractor Chapel Hill, NC

At the Chiropractic and Acupuncture Clinic of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay in Chapel Hill, patients frequently inquire about treatments for neck and back pain caused by herniated discs and back joint irritation. We understand how bulging discs impact back motion and pain, and we strive to learn what factors contribute to each person’s condition. Holistic healthcare leaders in the Triangle since 1995, our goal is to provide effective natural remedies for pain. As a licensed chiropractic physician and licensed acupuncturist, Dr. Oskardmay uses natural methods to reduce pain and restore stable, supportive vertebral alignment with less irritation from bulging discs and other disturbances.

What is a Herniated Disc?

A herniated disc is a region of instability in the joint of the backbone that happens when the disc material sandwiched between vertebral units pops out or herniates. Sort of like what happens when you step on a balloon, the disc material spreads to other areas, potentially putting pressure on vital nerves and other structures. Local pain in the back or neck will likely occur, and distant areas of pain and decreased vitality can also occur in regions where impacted nerves travel. For instance, a herniated disc in the low back 5th lumbar region will cause back pain and can also feel like pain in the leg and foot. Additionally, reduction in shock absorption between the discs and the presence of muscle spasm to guard the area causes additional pain.

Dr. Oskardmay examines each patient to determine the cause of both local back or neck pain as well as correlated areas of pain in the feet, hands or other areas, and applies correct treatment. Examination involves patient history, posture analysis, spinal and extremity palpation, appropriate orthopedic tests and review of past medical exams as provided. Be sure to inform Dr. Oskardmay of any previous test results. We can order x-rays and other scans, as needed.

Natural treatment methods employed at our office include the chiropractic adjustment, massage, and acupuncture. After locating spinal levels of disc herniation or other forms of irritation, Dr. Oskardmay applies mobilization procedures to improve vertebral position and movement. Techniques she uses include hands-on chiropractic manipulative therapy or Activator adjustment, each of which achieves correction of vertebral subluxation or painful misalignment. The use of thumper massage to paraspinal muscles benefits muscles and ligaments surrounding achy spinal joints, as well; the overall effect of treatment is to restore postural alignment and balanced musculature for long term healing and pain reduction.

Treatment of the joint related to back pain and affected distal regions improves treatment response. At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, we take your pain seriously and strive to uncover the cause of the problem in order to provide the best care. With over 25 years of healing experience in the Triangle, you can trust us to care for you and your loves ones. Call (919) 929-1400, email or visit our website for more information and to submit an appointment request.

Serving the communities of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham, Hillsborough, and the rest of the NC Triangle

205 Providence Rd. Chapel Hill NC 27514 | Phone: (919) 929-1400

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