This condition affects mostly the lower area of the cervical spine, mainly the discs between the fifth cervical vertebrae to the first dorsal vertebra. Since all the nerves to the arms arise from this are of the neck, the symptoms may be felt as far away as the fingers. You may experience pins and needles, numbness, pain or muscle weakness with clumsiness.
Often the symptoms are made worse by certain head positions.
Chiropractors use a series of neurological and orthopaedic tests to indicate the precise level of the disc herniation.
Before treatment we may advise you to have an MRI or CAT-scan to visualise the herniation more clearly. If you have already done these examinations, bring them with you when you visit us the first time. Usually, the pain is not caused only by the hernia itself, but also by the inflamed and swollen muscles and ligaments. Treating these soft tissues may greatly decrease the pain.
The chiropractic manipulation is directed to safely recuperate the mobility and correct function of the neck joints. After the excess load is eased off the damaged disc by careful manipulation, it is gradually able to recover, giving you the desired relief from the symptoms.
With our intense chiropractic treatment you have between 80 to 90 percent possibility of excellent and long lasting results.
Although the treatment may take somewhat longer than with a simple cervical muscle problem, the rewards are great. Compared to a classical medical approach with surgical intervention, with chiropractic treatment the recovery time is less and positive success rate is far higher.
The simple fact that you may even be able to continue working during the chiropractic therapy should make you consider this alternative option.
If you suffer from cervical disc herniation, please give us a call or visit us and together we will find out whether you could benefit from chiropractic treatment as so many of our patients have done in the past.