A herniated disc most often happens in the lumbar (lower back) region and is a rupturing of fibrocartilage in the disc located between the spinal vertebrae.

—What causes a herniated disc?

Herniated discs can be caused by a variety of factors, including the aging process and trauma. A herniated disc leads to great suffering and discomfort because the disc, when in place, serves as a shock absorber to the nerves that surround a disc.

A herniated disc can be a painful and debilitating ailment. However, it doesn’t have to ruin a patient’s life, and herniated disc relief doesn’t have to include surgery. At Cornerstone Chiropractic, we take pride in answering your herniated disc questions and doing whatever we can to treat herniated disc symptoms via non-surgical means—most notably with the revolutionary IDD therapy.

Herniated Disc Symptoms

—How does a herniated disc present itself and what are the symptoms?

It’s important to know the herniated disc symptoms so that we can determine if IDD therapy is a proper course of action. If you are feeling leg pain, numbness or tingling—i.e. “sciatica”—then you are likely suffering from a herniated disc in the lower back. About 90 percent of herniated discs occur in the lower back. Other symptoms include pain in the shoulders and neck areas, numbness and/or tingling in those areas and muscular weakness as a result of nerve damage.

—What is the treatment for a herniated disc?

IDD therapy provides the best risk/reward ratio for anyone seeking herniated disc relief. In fact, there is zero risk involved with the procedure, in which the pressure on the disc is relieved by gently pulling, reducing the amount of irritation felt by the nerve root and thus reducing the inflammation. While surgery is successful between 30 and 50 percent of the time, it can result in complications that include paralysis. IDD therapy, however, provides long-lasting or permanent herniated disc relief for patients. Up to 94 percent of patients enjoy immediate relief while 70 percent of patients suffering from herniated disc symptoms report having no pain three years after the therapy.

In addition, there are no side effects from IDD therapy and the procedure takes place over a four-to-six week period in which the patient visits our offices between 20 and 30 times. This is a far less complicated means of herniated disc relief than surgery, which obviously requires a hospital stay and an extended convalescence. And IDD therapy is so relaxing and pain-free for patients that they often fall asleep during the treatments!

Providing herniated disc relief without resorting to surgery is an essential part of treatment at Cornerstone Chiropractic & Rehabilitation of Riverdale, NJ. Chiropractic services are available, as well as a fully staffed physical therapy clinic. Contact us now to find out how you can get a FREE consultation with Dr. Joseph Young to discuss all your herniated disc symptoms. Call today at (973) 831-1100 or email us at info@cornerstonespine.com!

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