Disc Herniations in Kansas City
Herniated Disc Chiropractic Rehab Program
Injuries to the intervertebral discs are often a result of repetitive trauma and long-term fatigue. Examples include sitting for long periods, poor posture, and work duties requiring excessive rounding of the low back. These injuries may also result from severe traumatic accidents such as a fall, car accidents, or any high impact forces applied to the neck or low back. Disc injuries often occur in those who spend long periods in lumbar flexion (i.e. sitting, bending over, etc) or whom display significant anterior head carriage (forward head posture). A herniated disc occurs when a “weak” point develops in the outer wall of the disc, the annular fibers. The nucleus of the disc, a dense fluid like gel, becomes displaced from the center of the intervertebral disc and crepes towards the outer edge, pushing up against the annular fibers. When the annular fibers become weak, the gel filled center travels outward putting pressure on the nerves creating pain.
Disc herniations typically produce pain that is more intense in the mornings and dissipates throughout the day. Pain often worsens with sitting, rotating, or rounding of the lower back for long periods of time. Pain may be experience within the neck or low back; however, pain is often associated with radicular symptoms within the extremities.
Pain that worsens with sitting, rotating or round of the lower back
Stiff/Restricted antalgic (leaning) posture
tingling sensation down the leg or arm
weakness in the leg or arm
Treatments for Disc Herniations
Chiropractic, rehabilitation, and McKenzie Method are powerful treatment protocols and procedures for disc herniations. Educating the patient on the mechanisms that lead to the injury is also part of the rehabilitation process. Disc herniation cannot be confirmed 100% without a MRI, but often MRIs are unnecessary unless one is experiencing progressive neurological symptoms or is not responding to conservative care measures. Our doctors will make the appropriate referral if imaging is necessary. In more extreme cases or those that do not respond to conservative care, surgery may be necessary.
Our Treatment Process
Treatment focuses on eliminating pain, restoring function and patient education on the mechanisms which have lead to the dysfunction causing pain.
Chiropractic adjustments, rehabilitation exercises, and McKenzie Method are powerful, non-invasive treatment procedures for disc herniations. Educating the patient on the mechanisms that lead to the injury is also part of the rehabilitation process.
Possible Treatments for a herniated disc
For other treatment options, check out our for physical therapy services for a herniated disc.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Are there Exercises for herniated discs?
Yes, we often recommend McKenzie technique, a worldwide technique that has been proven effective in treating herniated discs.
Can you tell me if I need herniated disc surgery?
Most herniated discs can be treated conservatively, but in rare occasions the disc can extrude and require surgical intervention. Imaging would be required for confirmation. We often do a trial period prior to ordering imaging to see if you improve with conservative treatment.
I have a slipped disc. Can FIT help me?
Yes, the chiropractors at F.I.T. can provide a variety of conservative treatment techniques to provide relief from a slipped disc.
have you experienced a disc herniation?
Take a couple of minutes to tell us about your symptoms and pain areas. Prefer to chat over the phone? Call us for a free phone consultation.
Visit your local F.I.T. Chiropractor
Meet the team at any of our 5 locations: Lee’s Summit, Crossroads, Blue Valley, Overland Park & Shawnee.