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A herniated disc (sometimes called a slipped disc) is usually worse than a bulging disc. Discs herniate when the fibrous outer covering of an intervertebral disc (the annulus) splits open, allowing the shock-absorbing center filling (the nucleus pulposus) to extrude outside of the disc. This extruded material pinches nerves and can even put pressure on the spinal cord, causing pain to radiate from the back or neck where the disc is located and out to the arms or legs. Fortunately, chiropractic treatment with Dr. Lee here in Irvine often provides lasting relief for herniated discs.
Herniated discs are identified and confirmed via MRI. X-rays and a physical examination are also necessary so that the appropriate treatment options can be determined. Most injured discs respond well to chiropractic treatment, but in severe cases, surgery may be necessary. Discs might herniate for several different reasons:
While some herniated discs may require surgical intervention, most of them respond successfully to drug-free, non-invasive chiropractic care. So be sure to discuss your options with our chiropractor so you can get the most effective pain relief and healing options for your situation. Dr. Lee can help you with the following treatments: