Slipped discs are commonly treated with chiropractic, which can successfully address all symptoms associated with this spinal issue. When patients go to their first appointment with a chiropractor, they will have to provide medical history and go through a physical exam, as well as other neurological and orthopedic tests. The chiropractor is going to analyze a wide array of factors that are related to patients’ slipped disc, which include reflexes, loss of muscle strength and loss of sensation along the path of the nerves.
The diagnostic process might be, however, more complex, requiring an x-ray or MRI to be properly given. Moreover, the chiropractor will evaluate the entire spine and not only the region with the slipped disc. For instance, even if the pain is present in the lower back, the doctor will also examine the cervical spine as well. Depending on the diagnostic (and, automatically, on the type of disc injury), the chiropractor will create a treatment plan that aims to successfully address the slipped disk symptoms.
In most cases, doctors of chiropractic use treatments that include spine manipulation, which can ameliorate symptoms and relieve pain, too. The treatment will be individually chosen for each patient, and it might also include manual therapy or exercises.
There are several factors the chiropractor will take into account when choosing the most appropriate treatment plan: overall health, level of activity, pain and many others. It is known that chiropractic care will make use of forceful methods to perform proper adjustments of the slipped disc. The most popular types of treatment are flexion-distraction technique and pelvic blocking technique, which can flex the spine using a pumping rhythm, but without any pain. Pelvic blocking treatment typically involves cushioned wedges, which will be placed under each side of the pelvis. However, this technique has never been associated with any pain either.