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Posted on 10-16-2017

How Do You Know if You Have a Herniated Disc in Naperville IL?

A herniated disc, also known as a slipped disc, is one of the most prevalent types of back injuries. In fact, you may have a herniated disc in Naperville IL and feel perfectly healthy. The problem occurs when the herniated disc is pressing on a nerve, which can lead to other health issues and intense back pain. This change can happen at any time, whether you have suffered a personal injury, sports injury, or been involved in an auto accident. Our Naperville chiropractor Dr. Timothy Erickson of Symmetry Chiropractic and Acupuncture is here to answer some of your most common questions regarding herniated disc issues. 

How Common is a Herniated Disc?

Having a herniated disc or slipped disc is a very common issue affecting more than 3 million Americans every year. Furthermore, most of the individuals that have a slipped disc are not going to seek treatment. This is because they do not currently suffer from back pain or nerve damage due to the condition.

A herniated disc is not necessarily a health problem, in and of itself. It is only when the soft tissue leaks out of the cracked outer shell of the disc that this can become a health problem. When this happens you can suffer from swelling along the spine, general misalignment, muscle weakness, and the inability to move your limbs.

How Do I Know If I Have a Herniated Disc?

The most common symptoms of a herniated disc are pain and lack of mobility. This happens when the disc itself comes out or herniates, through the crack of the disc shell. This can occur for a number of reasons, such as trauma to the soft tissue of the disc or an injury to the spine.  As a result, this puts undue pressure on surrounding soft tissue and nerves. When this happens, it can lead to swelling and musculoskeletal imbalances, as well as numbness of the arms and legs. 

A herniated disc that is accompanied by torn or bruised muscle tissue can cause intense pain in the lower back along with a loss of mobility. This type of injury is common with auto accident victims and sports injuries. More specifically, a herniated disc is the most common type of auto accident injuries we treat at our Naperville chiropractor. This is due to the sudden jarring motion of the accident, which impacts the spine unexpectedly and causes the disc casing to crack.

What Should I Do If I Think I Have a Herniated Disc?

When you suffer from symptoms of a herniated disc, you want to schedule an appointment with a Naperville chiropractor as soon as possible. We can provide a comprehensive chiropractic exam to determine if you have a slipped disc, all without using surgery or other invasive methods. From there we can treat your herniated disc using all-natural treatments without the need for painkilling drugs. 

We begin with a manual chiropractic adjustment and spinal decompression to relieve the tension and swelling of the slipped disc. This also allows the disc tissue to return to its natural position inside of the casing. If you have pain and loss of mobility due to the herniated disc, we offer electroacupuncture therapy. This type of acupuncture uses micro-currents rather than acupuncture needles. Yet you still benefit from the improved flow of energy through your body. This stimulation helps your spine heal after a herniated disc. 

Auricular therapy is also beneficial for pain relief due to slipped discs. This treatment modality is as ancient as acupuncture and provides the same type of treatment by focusing on your energy flow. With auricular therapy, we focus on the pressure points in the ears to rechannel your energy for a more fluid and energetic flow. 

Contact Our Naperville Chiropractor for Herniated Disc Treatment

Our chiropractor uses a combination of therapies for herniated disc treatment in Naperville IL. These therapies are tailored to your treatment needs. Whether you are suffering from chronic pain and loss of mobility due to the slipped disc, we want to assist you.

Our Naperville chiropractor Dr. Timothy Erickson works with family members of all ages. We offer pediatric chiropractic care, along with prenatal and pregnancy chiropractic services. Through the use of integrated medicine at Symmetry Chiropractic and Acupuncture, anyone in your family can be treated for slipped or herniated discs. We also treat patients suffering from joint pain, sports injuries, headaches/migraines, posture problems, and mental health issues.

Contact our office today at 630-984-5503 so you can schedule a chiropractic treatment for a slipped disc. 

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