Conditions We Treat – Herniated Disc

Oak Brook Medical Group

Herniated Disc Treatment in Oak Brook, IL

Have you been experiencing persistent back pain or numbness in your arms or legs? Are you tired of being held back from participating in the activities you once enjoyed? Is your daily life affected by painful symptoms? If any of this applies to you, then you might have a herniated disc.

A herniated or bulging disc can be a major roadblock in your daily routine, causing everything from excruciating pain to difficulty walking or sitting. It can even lead to long-term chronic pain with limited mobility if left untreated. 

The expert team at Oak Brook Medical Group can help. Call us today at 630-317-7478 or book an appointment online to start your journey toward relief and recovery.

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What Is a Herniated Disc?

A herniated disc, also called a bulging disc, is a medical condition that occurs when the cushion-like discs between the vertebrae in your spinal canal become damaged or dislocated. This can cause the disc to bulge or break open, allowing the gel-like substance inside to leak out and pressure nearby nerves. As a result, a herniated disc can cause pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the the affected area or areas, which can range from the neck, back, arms, or legs, depending on its location.

How is a herniated disc diagnosed?

During your initial consultation at Oak Brook Medical Group, a chiropractor will perform a thorough physical exam of your spine, including the area where the herniated disc is located. They will use a combination of your medical history and your current symptoms to diagnose your herniated disc. The chiropractor will also test your reflexes to check if the nerve root is functioning correctly, which could indicate a disc herniation. In some cases, the chiropractor may order an X-ray or MRI to pinpoint the issue’s exact location.

At Oak Brook Medical Group, our medical professionals will work with you to provide a comprehensive diagnosis and personalized treatment options to help you find relief from your herniated disc symptoms. Call us at 630-317-7478 for a consultation.

How long will it take to recover from a herniated disc?

The length of recovery time for a herniated disc can vary depending on the severity of the condition and the individual’s overall health. Through chiropractic, spinal adjustments, and other related natural pain management methods, you can begin to feel your pain lessening even after just the first visit to Oak Brook Medical Group. It might be advised, however, that you receive a number of chiropractic treatments as part of your natural pain management plan. This will help minimize the amount of pain you feel as much as possible. To fully recover from a mild case, it may take about 6 weeks to 3 months, while more severe cases may take longer.

Chiropractors treat herniated discs using physical therapy, spinal adjustment, and other chiropractic techniques to help speed up recovery. Following a treatment plan and maintaining good spinal health is important to preventing future herniated discs.

What can I do to make the pain stop?

Certain positions, rest, over-the-counter pain medication, and hot/cold packs may be your usual go-tos when trying to stop the pain from a herniated disc. However, if these home remedies are no longer working for you, you might be looking for a more effective, more permanent solution.

If surgery is one of your concerns, take comfort in the fact that surgery is not the only answer when it comes to getting rid of herniated disc pain. Other treatment options, like chiropractic care, can be just as effective and way less invasive than surgery.

Contact Oak Brook

If not treated, a herniated disc can cause severe pain and discomfort, which may persist over a long period of time. At Oak Brook Medical Group, our team of herniated disc chiropractor specialists is dedicated to providing effective nerve pain relief and helping patients regain their spinal health. Let us help you achieve the same. Schedule an appointment today to start your journey toward a pain-free life.

Herniated Disc Q & A

What Are The Common Causes Of Herniated Disc?

The most common causes of herniated disc injury include:

  • Excessive weight
  • Aging
  • Occupation
  • Trauma or injury 
  • Improper lifting or twisting
  • Repetitive movements
  • Genetics 

How Can a Chiropractor Help With Herniated Disc?

When treating a herniated disc, a chiropractor will design a treatment plan that may consist of various approaches, such as

  • Chiropractic adjustment
  • Spinal manipulation
  • Decompression
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Massage therapy
  • Hot & cold therapy
  • Trigger point injections

What are the Long-term Effects Of an Untreated Herniated Disc?

An untreated herniated or slipped disc can have severe long-term effects, including permanent nerve damage that can cause a loss of sensation in the legs, loss of bowel control, or even partial paralysis.

It’s essential to seek prompt medical attention to avoid these rare, but potentially life-altering consequences. Contact Oak Brook Medical Group for the right chiropractic treatment plan and get relief from pain and other symptoms.

How Can I Avoid Getting A Herniated Disk?

Although it may not be feasible to entirely avoid a herniated disc, especially if you have a degenerative disc disease, there are steps you can take to decrease your chances, such as:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Exercise and stretch regularly
  • Use proper lifting techniques
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Quit smoking
  • Consider ergonomic equipment
  • Avoid high-heeled shoes

Will I need to have spinal surgery for a herniated disc?

For 90% of people, a bulging or herniated disc can improve naturally over time or with non-surgical remedies such as chiropractic care. However, in cases where symptoms persist despite alternative treatments, surgical intervention may be recommended by your healthcare provider. Various surgical methods are available for the damaged disc to alleviate pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, including discectomy, laminectomy, artificial disk surgery, or spinal fusion.

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