Herniated discs can cause significant pain and discomfort, making it difficult to perform everyday tasks and activities. Most experts recommend conservative treatment. Fortunately, there are effective treatment options available, including a combination of chiropractic and physical therapy care.
Chiropractic care focuses on the alignment and function of the spine, while physical therapy focuses on improving strength, flexibility, and mobility. When combined, these two therapies can help to reduce pain, improve function, and promote healing for individuals with herniated discs.
During your first visit with a chiropractor and physical therapist, they will perform a thorough examination to assess your condition and determine the most appropriate course of treatment. This may include a combination of chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy exercises, and other modalities.
Chiropractic care for herniated discs typically involves spinal manipulation, which can help to realign the spine and reduce pressure on the affected disc. This can alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and promote healing.
Physical therapy exercises may include stretching, strengthening, and conditioning exercises designed to improve function, reduce pain, and prevent future injury. Your physical therapist will work with you to develop a personalized exercise program based on your specific needs and goals.
In addition to spinal manipulation and exercise, your chiropractor and physical therapist may also recommend other therapies to help manage your symptoms. These may include:
- Heat or Cold Therapy: Applying heat or cold to the affected area can help to reduce pain and inflammation.
- Massage Therapy: Massage therapy can help to relax tense muscles and improve circulation, reducing pain and promoting healing.
- Ultrasound Therapy: Ultrasound therapy uses high-frequency sound waves to stimulate blood flow to the affected area, promoting healing and reducing pain and inflammation.
- Electrical Stimulation: Electrical stimulation uses a low-level electrical current to stimulate the muscles surrounding the herniated disc, reducing pain and promoting healing.
Combining chiropractic care and physical therapy for herniated discs can provide a comprehensive approach to treatment that addresses both the structural and functional aspects of the condition. This can result in faster healing times, reduced pain and discomfort, and improved overall function and quality of life.
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort due to a herniated disc, consider combining chiropractic and physical therapy care for a comprehensive and effective treatment plan. Our healthcare team at Caron Chiropractic and Physical Therapy can work together to develop a personalized plan that addresses your individual needs and goals, helping you to get back to the activities you love with less pain and greater mobility.