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Herniated Disc from Car Accidents Explained by Our Bradenton Chiropractor at Lakewood Ranch Chiropractic

Getting into an auto accident impacts your health and well-being by injuring different areas of your body. When a back injury from the accident causes a herniated disc, you want to discuss your treatment options with a chiropractor to address the symptoms and treatment options. At Lakewood Ranch Chiropractic, our chiropractor, Dr. John Nichols offer treatment solutions in Bradenton and the surrounding areas of Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota, and Fruitville to address pain in your spine and back.

chiropractor explaining herniated disc at Lakewood Ranch Chiropractic

What is a Herniated Disc?

A herniated disc refers to a problem with the rubbery disc between the vertebrae of your spine. When the interior of the disc, or the soft inner portion, pushes out from the tough outer casing or shell of the disc, it causes pain and discomfort in your back. Generally, the injury occurs to the lower back and puts additional pressure on the nerves in your back.

The symptoms of a herniated disc include:

  • Numbness in your legs or arms, depending on the location of the herniated disc
  • A tingling sensation
  • Pain in the arms or legs
  • Weakness or difficulty moving easily

When you notice the symptoms, you want to seek chiropractic care to address the underlying concerns. Injuries from an auto accident may contribute to the symptoms or worsen the symptoms if you already have the discomfort. It may also cause the discomfort and pain due to the movement of your body during an impact.

Treatments Our Chiropractor Offers for the Surrounding Areas of Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota, and Fruitville, FL

At our clinic, we offer a variety of treatments based on your situation and needs. Generally, a chiropractor evaluates your ability to move and your situation before recommending a treatment plan.

Our chiropractor may recommend physical therapy with corrective exercises and stretches as part of the treatment process. Physical therapy focuses on identifying the underlying injuries and then working with your body's current state to gradually improve your mobility. In relation to herniated discs,our chiropractor may use stretches to the back to help alleviate discomfort while gentle core exercises help strengthen the muscles for greater support.

Traditional chiropractic care adjusts the alignment of your spine. During spinal adjustments, we use gentle movements and pressure to encourage your spine to line up properly from your lower back up to your neck. It ensures that your vertebrae and bones align properly for reduced pain and discomfort.

Spinal decompression therapy helps with pain management from a herniated disc by reducing the pressure on your nerves. Since a herniated disc puts excess pressure on your nerves, it contributes to pain and discomfort. Decompression therapy helps reduce the pressure, which results in reduced pain or discomfort.

Massage therapy in our clinic focuses on reducing discomfort from tense muscles. The tension caused by an injury in a car accident or the pressure of a herniated disc on your nerves may contribute to your discomfort and challenges with mobility. Massage helps reduce the tension and encourages better circulation, which helps your body heal. Our treatment plan depends on your situation, so we recommend solutions after evaluating the severity of your injuries.

Addressing Injuries from Auto Accidents at Lakewood Ranch Chiropractic

The injuries from a car accident vary significantly based on the speed of the vehicle, your location in the car and the angle of the impact. It also depends on the vehicle you drive. Ultimately, you may face minor or major injuries from an accident and back pain is a common discomfort you may notice. The key to healing and addressing your injuries is taking time to seek treatment from a professional.

Always seek treatment immediately after an accident or when you notice pain in your body. It is particularly important to seek professional care if the pain is accompanied by weakness, tingling or numbness since it may relate to a herniated disc. Our chiropractor uses natural solutions to help improve your mobility and flexibility after an accident.

Treating an injury from a car accident starts with understanding the specific type of injury. At our clinic, we use up-to-date diagnostic tools to identify your injuries and encourage the healing process. To learn more about treating injuries from an accident or addressing the symptoms of a herniated disc, call Lakewood Ranch Chiropractic at 941-739-2900 today.