In the spine, there’s a gel-like disc of cushioning nestled between each vertebra. Over time, due to age or injury, these discs can deteriorate and become weak. This makes them more prone to herniation, which is when the inner part of the cushion can push through a rupture and protrude from the outer layer. This causes inflammation and swelling which compresses the nerves in the spine.
Herniated discs are frequently found in the lower back, or lumbar spine, because the lower back constantly absorbs the impact of daily activities. Impact includes bearing the weight of the upper body as well as absorbing the stress of the impact of every step a person takes or when transferring between sitting and standing postures. The constant strain in combination with aging and injury-related deterioration makes herniated discs more common in patients who are middle-aged or seniors.
A variety of factors can contribute to the development of herniated discs. For example, spinal misalignment can lead to increased and asymmetrical pressure on the discs of the lower spine. Over time, the combination of poor alignment and muscle spasm leads deterioration that’s considered general wear and tear of the disc. It’s possible that misalignment as far away as the neck can lead to disc herniation in the lower spine over time. Disc herniation leads to a reduction of water or fluid in the disc, reducing flexibility and becoming more prone to damage. Other factors that contribute to a person’s risk of developing herniated discs include being overweight or an inherited genetic disorder. In some cases, the exact cause of the herniation is impossible to diagnose.
Dr. Campo uses a variety of chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue manipulation such as massage, and corrective exercises to treat herniated discs. He customizes treatment to ensure that the specific needs of each patient are addressed, including quick and effective pain relief as well as treatment to repair the herniation. He teaches his patients corrective exercises to strengthen their backs to help prevent future injuries and herniation. He may also offer lifestyle advice and nutritional counseling to help patients to lose weight and take better care of their bodies. Dr. Campo works with his patients to improve their overall health and wellbeing as well as treating specific symptoms and conditions.
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