Injured in an accident recently and dealing with nerve pain? Our Arlington, VA Disc Injury Specialists can help.
What Are Discs?
Discs are the soft but strong cushions that separate the bones (vertebrae) in your spine and absorb shock as you move.
Repeated strain over time, an injury, or sudden, forceful movements can damage discs and irritate nerves, causing:
Pinched nerves are caused by slips, falls, and auto accidents.
They're also caused by gradual wear and tear brought on by such things as long hours of driving, poor posture, awkward sitting positions, unsafe lifting maneuvers, birthing traumas, stress, sudden twisting actions, and repetitive motions.
Bulging and Herniated discs are commonly caused by sudden trauma, such as an auto accident or slip and fall.
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A disc has a spongy, gel-like center (nucleus) and a tough outer ring (annulus). The vertebrae roll back and forth and rotate on the discs, allowing you to move easily.
With repeated stress, a disc can wear down. The disc's nucleus may begin to bulge into the annulus and irritate nearby nerves.
Sudden trauma from auto accidents or falls can cause a disc to rupture. The nucleus pushes through the annulus and presses on nearby nerves, causing severe pain.
Pain is only one of the symptoms of a pinched nerve. Other symptoms of nerve interference are organ dysfunction, respiratory, and digestive problems.
If the problems that are caused by nerve interference are treated with medication only, temporary relief if any will be experienced.
One of the more obvious signs of a pinched nerve is decreased mobility and range of motion.
Less obvious is the impairment of nerves that are vital in the healing of injured tissue and the functioning of various organs.
This is why so many people that experience acid reflux, digestive issues, and heck, even heart palpitations get such a huge benefit from chiropractic care. When nerve interference is removed, your body is able to heal on its own and the issues seem to just disappear.
Unfortunately, these issues often go undetected for years because they don't cause pain in the early stages, and the failure to correct this unnoticed problem often results in serious and permanent damage to organs or to the spine itself.
Such spinal damage may include the development of bone spurs, arthritis, spinal fusion, and finally vertebral degeneration.
Your discs allow your spine to flex, bend, and twist - and also act as shock absorbers between the vertebrae.
When your discs bulge or pinch a nerve, it can cause back pain, sciatica, or even numbness and tingling in your hip and leg.
Spinal decompression works by gently stretching your spine and reducing the pressure on your disks, restoring your spine's natural function and flexibility.
The treatment process is easy and relaxing.
First, Dr. Holcombe will determine the specific area of the spine to target, and configure the decompression machine. During a decompression treatment, you will lie comfortably on a padded table. A belt fits around your waist and your lower chest.
Then, the computer-controlled decompression system slowly and precisely stretches your spine, then releases.
Over the course of treatment, your spine will be carefully stretched and relaxed many times, “decompressing” the affected disks of the spine.
This increases circulation, hydration, and nutrition to the disc. Learn more about spinal decompression.
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