Long Island Chiropractic & Physical Therapy


Disc Herniation Treatment

Herniated discs can occur for various reasons, and when they do, it can be difficult to pinpoint them and understand what treatments can help alleviate pain. At Long Island Chiropractic & Physical Therapy, PLLC, Dr. Don Wallace and Dr. Gerard Smith have dedicated their careers to helping people feel relief from disc herniation. They can provide chiropractic treatment to residents of West Islip and Smithtown, NY that is natural, non-invasive, and provides pain relief.

What Is a Herniated Disc?

Herniated discs can also be known as bulging or ruptured discs. Your spine is made up of bones known as vertebrae stacked together with a disc between them. These discs are made of an outer, rubbery shell known as an annulus, with gel-like fluid inside known as the nucleus.

Unfortunately, when a disc herniation occurs, the nucleus seeps out of the annulus and compresses surrounding nerves, causing immense amounts of pain.

Some symptoms that indicate you might have a herniated disc include:

  • • Pain radiating to the arm, leg, foot, or another extremity
  • • Pain that gets worse upon movement, or even coughing or sneezing
  • • Weakness or numbness in another part of your body
  • • Tingling sensation in your extremities
  • • Sciatica caused by disc herniation in the lower back

In addition to symptoms you might be experiencing, certain factors can put you at risk of having a disc herniation, including older age, obesity, osteoarthritis, degeneration, smoking, and genetic predisposition. If you work a job that requires heavy lifting, this can also lead to herniated discs.

People often have disc herniation without realizing it, thinking that their pain is associated with another part of the body. This can make it difficult for people to seek treatment and help from a chiropractor.

There is one key difference between chiropractic treatment sessions and massage treatment sessions. Massage therapy generally focuses on the soft tissues, like the muscles and tendons. Chiropractic care primarily focuses on the alignment of the spine. Our chiropractor may perform a spinal adjustment before your massage therapy session.

How Can a Chiropractor Help?

A professional chiropractor can determine if your pain is caused by a herniated disc through physical exams, medical history, and also imaging tests such as x-rays.

If the root of your pain is determined to be from disc herniation, a chiropractor can offer several treatments that are effective at helping relieve herniated disc pain. This includes:

  • • Spinal decompression
  • • Spinal traction
  • • Muscle strengthening exercises
  • • Muscle stretches
  • • Trigger point therapy
  • • Physical therapy
  • • Heat and ice therapy
  • • Mechanical decompression

Massage therapy is about so much more than relieving pain. Many people receive therapy so that they can improve their flexibility or restore their range of motion after they have been injured or sedentary for a long time. Massage therapy helps restore the body to prevent injuries from occurring in the future.

Schedule an Appointment with Our Chiropractor for Herniated Disc Treatment in West Islip and Smithtown, NY

At Long Island Chiropractic & Physical Therapy, PLLC, Dr. Don Wallace and Dr. Gerard Smith are here to help you feel some much-needed pain relief from disc herniation. Call us today to see how our chiropractic treatments can change your life! Contact our Smithtown clinic at (631) 724-1991 or our West Islip clinic at (631) 661-1400.

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