Chiropractic Treatment for Disk Injuries in Frederick, MD
Disk injuries can occur for a variety of reasons, but they all have one thing in common: The pain associated with them can lead you to stop participating in work and leisure activities.
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Our experienced chiropractor can design an individualized treatment plan that relieves your disk injury pain, getting you back on your feet faster.
What Are Disk Injuries?
Disk injuries occur to one or more of the rubbery pads located between the vertebrae in the back. These can be caused by a single traumatic event, a degenerative disease, age, or just plain overuse over the course of time.
Some common causes of spinal disk injuries include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Sports injuries
- Work-related injuries
- Degenerative diseases, including degenerative disk disease
- Overuse, such as from repeated bending and twisting at work
Risk Factors for Disk Injuries
Although you can experience a disk injury no matter what, some common risk factors for disk injuries caused by overuse or disease include:
- Weight: If you are overweight, you are more likely to experience disk issues.
- Occupation: Those with physically demanding jobs, especially those with frequent lifting, pulling, pushing, bending sideways, and twisting can increase your risk.
- Genetics: If close relatives suffer from disk issues, you are more likely to develop them as you age.
- Smoking: It is thought that smoking can decrease the oxygen flow to the disk, causing it to deteriorate more quickly.
Symptoms of Disk Injuries
Some common symptoms of disk injuries include:
- Arm or leg pain
- Numbness or tingling, especially in the part of the body served by nerves pinched by the disk
- Weakness, especially in the area served by the affected nerves
Common Disk Injury Treatments
Depending on the severity of your symptoms and the cause of your disk injury, your doctor may recommend a variety of treatment options.
Common treatments for disk injuries include:
There are a variety of medications that can be effective in helping lessen the pain associated with disk injuries.
Medications recommended range from over-the-counter anti-inflammatories and pain relievers such as acetaminophen and aspirin to opioids. Your doctor likely will begin by attempting to treat your pain with less powerful medications, moving through the options if your pain cannot be managed effectively.
A physical therapist can help you find new ways to move to decrease the pressure on your injured disk and alleviate your pain.
In some cases, if your pain cannot be controlled by less invasive methods, your doctor may recommend surgery to correct your injured disk.
Your doctor may suggest surgery if your pain does not decrease after more than six weeks or you have any of the following complications:
- Poorly controlled pain
- Excessive numbness or weakness
- Difficulty standing or walking
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
How Chiropractic Can Help with Disk Injuries
If you have a disk injury that causes pain, your spinal column is putting pressure on at least one disk, causing it to bulge out of place.
Your chiropractor carefully adjusts and realigns your spine, helping to restore the injured disk to its original place and relieve your pain.
Additionally, a chiropractic adjustment can increase blood and oxygen flow to the injured disk and surrounding muscles, helping to decrease your pain and discomfort.
Treatment for Disk Injuries at Lipinski Chiropractic
Find relief from your pain related to your disk injury in the least invasive, safer way! Call Lipinski Chiropractic today for an appointment!