An auto accident can introduce a lot of twisting, acceleration, and deceleration forces to your spine. This can lead to abnormal strain and pressure on spinal discs, leading to herniated discs. Herniated discs can cause inflammation and painful irritation to adjacent joints and nerves if left untreated. If you have recently been in an auto accident and are now suffering from a herniated disc, our team is here to help. At Metro Denver Accident & Injury Centers, our chiropractors are dedicated to providing our patients the care they need to live pain-free lives.
What Is a Herniated Disc?
A herniated disc is a condition where a disc that sits between your vertebrae ruptures and the inner part slips out of its protective casing. The inner part can either come all the way out or push against the casing, causing the shape to change. It can also be known as a bulging disc. This injury not only impacts your vertebrae but can also irritate the nearby nerves, causing pain and other health-related issues.
Herniated Disc Symptoms
If you have a herniated disc after an auto accident, you'll likely experience various symptoms. Common symptoms we often see at our clinic include:
- Pain and muscle spasms around the herniated discs
- Numbness, tingling, or shooting pain in an arm or leg
- Weakness in an arm or leg (you may notice decreased grip strength, increased tripping or clumsiness, or foot drop)
- Stiffness in the neck or back
Since different parts of the spine connect with different parts of your body, the location of the symptoms will depend on which disc is herniated and which nerves are irritated.
How Our Chiropractors Can Help
In order to diagnose a herniated or bulging disc, our chiropractor will provide a thorough examination. During your first consultation, we will assess your medical history, current health, discuss your symptoms, and order imaging tests like x-rays or MRI scans for a complete understanding of your condition. From there, we can create a treatment plan that's personalized to meet your recovery and wellness goals. Common treatment options we use for herniated discs include:
- Non-surgical spinal decompression to "retract" the disc back into normal position, attract healing nutrients to the damaged tissue, and reduce pressure on surrounding nerves
- Chiropractic adjustments to trigger natural pain relief via the nervous system and improve spinal alignment
- Exercises to facilitate tissue healing and maximize core strength and stability
- Massage therapy to reduce inflammation and swelling and alleviate muscle spasms
Visit Us for Chiropractic Care in Westminister, Lakewood, or Aurora, CO
A herniated disc can be a debilitating condition, but that doesn't mean it has to control your life. At Metro Denver Accident Injury Centers, we are dedicated to providing our patients professional chiropractic care to help them get back to living healthy and pain-free lives after auto accidents. Contact our Westminister, Lakewood, or Aurora clinic to schedule your first consultation or to learn more about how we can help.