Disc pain is usually the result of a vertebral disc that bulges out and presses on nerves exiting the spine. Vertebral discs have a jelly-like center called the nucleus pulposus that can leak out of the disc if it ruptures or herniates. Preventative treatments can help reduce the chance of disc bulges or herniations. If you are already experiencing disc pain, it's not too late. We have treatment options that are effective for managing disc-related pain.
Chiropractic adjustments can help restore joint range of motion to the tight or stiff areas. Freeing up these joints can help relieve stress, tension, and pressure around the nerve roots that exit the low back (lumbar) vertebrae.
Our flexion/distraction chiropractic table creates spinal decompression by slightly pulling on the low back while creating flexion in the low back vertebrae. This is a great treatment option to relax the musculature and stretch the low back, helping reduce disc protrusion and allowing the nerves to flow more freely. Our therapists will also usually perform manual therapy (or massage) to the muscles surrounding the low back during the procedure for added muscle relaxation.
Research suggests that laser therapy is an effective treatment method for disc pain and tissue recovery. Our practice utilizes a Summus class IV laser, the greatest in the industry, which can deliver a variety of light wavelengths for pain reduction, tissue healing, increased circulation, and inflammation reduction. High-intensity deep tissue laser therapy is typically performed on the area and surrounding tissues of pain and dysfunction.
This treatment method uses ultrasonic sound waves to break down inflammation. Ultrasound therapy is a painless and non-invasive procedure.
Manual therapy can be an excellent option for chronic disc-related pain. We utilize manual therapy to help relax the musculature. Manual therapy may be necessary to help relieve tightness, pressure, and tension on the nerves exiting the low back vertebrae. Post-treatment soreness may occur for a couple of days after treatment with manual therapy.
Our EMS machine can deliver treatment for both acute and chronic disc pain. You may feel a vibrating or tingling sensation during this treatment. Depending on the settings chosen for your condition, you may also feel some muscle contractions. EMS can help relax the musculature and relieve some disc-related pain.
Prescription of exercises and stretches helps the nerves travel more freely throughout the body while also providing stabilization -- by strengthening the musculature -- to the affected area.
Ice (or cryotherapy) can help reduce inflammation, thus decreasing pressure on the nerves surrounding the low back. We often recommend ice post-treatment unless otherwise directed.
Contact us today to start your examination and treatment plan for disc-related pain at RYSE Chiropractic in Moss Bluff, LA.