Herniated Disk Specialist

Core Rehab LLC -  - Physical Therapist

Core Rehab LLC

Physical Therapist & Chiropractic Care located in Chicago, IL

A herniated disc is one of the leading causes of lower back pain. They affect people of all ages but are especially common in people between the ages of 35-55. At Core Rehab LLC, the providers use integrative, minimally invasive treatments to manage herniated disc pain in the back or neck. To make an appointment at the office in Chicago, Illinois, call or schedule online today.

Herniated Disk Q&A

What is a herniated disc?

A herniated disc occurs when a vertebral disc slips out of position, placing pressure on a nerve (or nerves) in your spine. They are most common in the cervical (neck) and lumbar spine (lower back).

Between each of your vertebrae is a soft, gel-like disc. These discs act as shock absorbers and allow you to perform routine movements like bending, reaching, and lifting. If a disc experiences undue pressure, it can tear and push through its protective outer layer, resulting in pain and mobility issues.

What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?

Herniated discs can occur in the back or neck. Symptoms of a herniated disc include:

  • Pain that radiates into your buttocks and lower limbs
  • Numbness that extends to the legs and feet
  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Numbness that extends to the arms and hands
  • Sciatica

If you have a herniated disc, you might also experience pain in your upper or lower abdomen.

Who is at risk of experiencing a herniated disc?

Herniated discs affect people of all ages, races, and genders, but several factors may increase your risk, including being overweight and poor posture. You’re also more likely to experience a herniated disc if you work a physically demanding job that requires frequent bending, lifting, or squatting.

How is a herniated disc diagnosed?

To diagnose a herniated disc, your Core Rehab LLC provider conducts a physical exam and asks about your symptoms, including their severity, when they started, and if any activities, like work or exercise, make them worse.

If these measures don’t provide enough insight into your condition, your provider orders additional testing like X-rays, an MRI, a CT scan, or discography. Discography is a diagnostic imaging procedure that takes detailed photos of your spine. Your Core Rehab LLC provider uses the images to determine which vertebral disc is the source of your discomfort.

How is a herniated disc treated?

Treatment of a herniated disc depends on the severity of your symptoms and their effect on your daily life. The providers at Core Rehab LLC typically recommend conservative treatments, including:

  • Massage therapy
  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Physical therapy
  • Epidural injections
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Nerve blocks
  • Over-the-counter pain medication
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Exercise and posture modifications
  • Vertebral axial decompression (VAX-D)

Vertebral axial decompression uses a computerized table to gently stretch and relax your lower spine. It eases pressure on your vertebral discs, relieving pain and inflammation.

If your symptoms fail to respond to conservative care, surgical intervention may be necessary. There are several types of surgery that treat herniated discs, including microdiscectomy and laminectomy. Both procedures are minimally invasive and boast proven track records of success.

If you’re living with a herniated disc, make an appointment at Core Rehab LLC by calling the office or scheduling online today.