What is Conservative Treatment for a Herniated Disc?

Herniated Disc Conservative Treatments NYC

The term "conservative treatment" means that the treatment used to address an issue, such as a herniated disc in the lower back, is non surgical in nature and consists of other alternatives such as injections, medications, and physical therapy.

Chiropractic treatments focus on providing conservative, alternative care for neck, back, and other spinal discomfort and conditions. The majority of conservative herniated disc treatment options are used in conjunction with others in order to achieve the best possible results. The ultimate goal of non-surgical lumbar decompression and other similar treatments is to help patients alleviate their pain and experience a healthier back and spine.

In cases where non-surgical treatment for herniated discs are not advised due to immediate danger and need for emergency care, surgery may still be the necessary choice. However, in most cases, surgical intervention is only used when conservative treatments do not provide the necessary relief.

What is a cervical herniated disc?

A cervical herniated disc occurs when the inner part of the disc herniates, or starts to leak outwards. This puts pressure on the surrounding nerves and occurs primarily in those between 30 and 50 years of age. While they can be caused due to injury, most occur for seemingly no reason at all.

Arm pain is a common symptom of cervical herniated discs, a symptom that is caused by pressure on the cervical nerve. Along with pain, tingling and numbness are also common as is muscle weakness.

Since the discs are in relative close contact with the nerves and not a lot of "free space" is present in the area, even the smallest herniation can cause intense pain.

What is a Thoracic Disc Herniation?

A herniated disc in the thoracic spine occurs when the inner material of a disc leaks. The result is often moderate to severe pain in the upper back as well as numbness and radiating discomfort. The type of pain experienced can vary depending upon the location of the herniation. The following are the most common symptoms experienced for:

  • Central disc protrusion: upper back pain (myelopathy)
  • Lateral disc herniation: radiating abdominal and chest wall pain
  • Centro-lateral disc herniation: upper back pain, radiating pain, myelopathy

Thoracic back pain can be present in a number of forms, and can be easily exacerbated when either sneezing or coughing. Pain can radiate throughout the body, especially in the chest and gut, which can make diagnosis challenging. Oftentimes, what ends up being a herniated disc in the thoracic spine is originally mistook for a heart, kidney, gastrointestinal, or lung problem.

There are many issues and disorders of the spine that can sometimes present with similar symptoms, which can make diagnosis tricky as well. These include infection, metabolic disorders, spinal fractures, and the like. This is why visiting a chiropractor can be so beneficial and can help you to determine whether the issues you're experiencing are chiropractic in nature.

What is a Lumbar Disc Herniation?

A herniated disc in the lower back, or a lumbar disc herniation, can be yet another cause for seeking out the assistance of a disc herniation specialist. These discs are integral in helping to absorb vertebral shock, supporting the upper body, and allowing for multi-directional movement.

When a herniated disc in the neck or lower back starts to leak, the disc can quickly begin to aggravate nearby nerves and cause moderate to significant pain throughout the body. Pain due to lumbar disc herniation often occurs out of the blue for no reason at all. It often becomes apparent after participating in a grueling activity such as lifting heavy objects or even simple, everyday motions like twisting the lower back. These kinds of movements can exacerbate a slipped disc, bulging disc, or other spinal injuries.

Lumbar disc issues, similar to a herniated disc in the neck, are most common in individuals who are between the ages of 35 and 50. As people age, it's more likely for individuals to develop a bulging disc, slipped disc, or herniation. Since discs typically lose fluid over time, they become less pliable, harder, and more prone to damage. Disc degeneration, which causes these types of changes, begins relatively early in life.

Like in the case of a herniated disc in the thoracic spine, lumbar herniations can cause a number of side effects. Since the herniation often places pressure on the spinal nerve root, the result can be intense, shooting sciatic pain in the legs and buttocks.

Fortunately, non-surgical treatment for herniated discs can often treat lumbar herniations and the symptoms rarely last longer than a month. There are three primary reasons why these types of spinal injuries and issues aren't long-lasting: (1) The body fights against the herniation which makes it shrink in size. (2) Water from within the disc is resorbed which causes the disc to shrink and the nerves to be affected far less. (3)Specific exercises have been shown to move the herniation away from the discs themselves.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Eingorn

Dr. Eingorn is a chiropractor who has over 25 years of experience treating patients who are dealing with neck or back injuries through the use of spinal decompression. His focus is on helping individuals who are living with herniations that require the assistance of a disc herniation specialist.

If you've been living in pain, it's time to reach out for professional assistance. Herniations do not heal themselves without decompression or other similar treatments, so seeking help is a must. Dr. Eingorn takes a very thorough approach to chiropractic care and offers a number of non-surgical lumbar decompression treatments. Decompression is a proven technique that Dr. Eingorn has used to help patients who are living with a herniated disc and other similar spinal injuries and issues.

To schedule an appointment to learn more about spinal decompression and the other herniated disc treatment options available to you, give the office of Dr. Eingorn a call today at 646-553-1884.

Areas of Service

Dr. Eingorn and Better Health Chiropractic provide conservative treatment for disc herniations of the lower back, upper back, and neck for patients from these areas of NYC:

Manhattan, NYC, Midtown NY, Battery Park City NY, Financial District NY, TriBeCa NY, Chinatown NY, Greenwich Village NY, Little Italy NY, Lower East Side NY, NoHo NY, SoHo NY, West Village NY, Alphabet City NY, Chinatown NY, East Village NY, Lower East Side NY, Two Bridges NY, Chelsea NY, Clinton NY, Gramercy Park NY, Kips Bay NY, Murray Hill NY, Peter Cooper Village NY, Stuyvesant Town NY, Sutton Place NY, Tudor City NY, Turtle Bay NY, Waterside Plaza NY, Lincoln Square NY, Manhattan Valley NY, Upper West Side NY, Lenox Hill NY, Roosevelt Island NY, Upper East Side NY, Yorkville NY, Hamilton Heights NY, Manhattanville, Morningside Heights NY, Harlem NY, Polo Grounds NY, East Harlem NY, Randall’s Island NY, Spanish Harlem NY, Wards Island NY, Inwood NY, Washington Heights NY

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