Herniated Disc Treatment Center In Chapel Hill

If you are suffering from back or neck pain that radiates through your arms or legs, numbness, or a tingling sensation, you may be suffering from a herniated disc in the neck or back. This painful condition affects millions of people who often go without appropriate treatment, brushing the pain off as just a part of getting older or attributing it to a pulled muscle or awkward sleeping position. If you are experiencing chronic pain, it’s important to discover what’s causing it and get treatment. Once diagnosed, a back and neck specialist in Chapel Hill can provide you with herniated disc treatment options that not only end the pain, but help you avoid additional injury in the future. 

What Is a Herniated Disc in the Back or Neck?

In between your vertebrae, the bones in your spine, you have small discs that absorb shock and provide cushioning. The exterior of the disc, the annulus, is a firm material, while the interior of the disc, the nucleus, is a gel-like substance. 

A herniated disc, also called a  slipped disc, occurs when the annulus tears or ruptures and the nucleus bulges out. Due to limited space in the spine, the bulging nucleus presses on nerves in the spine, causing pain, tingling, and loss of sensation. 

What Causes a Herniated Disc in the Neck or Back?

A single injury can cause a tear that leads to a slipped or ruptured disc. However, most herniated discs in the back and neck are due to disc degeneration which is most often an effect of aging and on-going wear and tear. Those who work in physically demanding jobs, are overweight, or have a genetic predisposition to disc degeneration are at a higher risk for herniated disc pain. 

See a Chapel Hill Back Doctor for Treatment? 

In order to diagnose a slipped disc and make sure that is what is causing your pain, you do need to see a back and neck specialist in Chapel Hill. He or she can determine the extent or severity of the damage and work with you to develop a treatment plan to not only treat the pain but to also focus on healing the cause of the ruptured disc. 

While symptoms may improve over time, most likely an untreated ruptured disc will worsen. A severely ruptured disc can cause permanent nerve damage, leading to chronic pain and numbness in the legs, shoulders, or arms, depending on where the damage is. 

Traditional Options for Herniated Disc Treatment 

There are several treatment options for a herniated disc in the back or neck, though many of them are invasive and not necessarily effective for all patients. These include:

  • Over-the-counter medication, like ibuprofen, or muscle relaxants
  • Heat or ice applications
  • Cortisone injections into the disc to reduce inflammation
  • Epidural injections of steroids and anti-inflammatories in the spaces around the spinal cord 
  • Surgery to remove portions of the herniated disc 

Chapel Hill Back and Neck Specialist

Rather than relying on pain medication that masks the problem, short-term solutions, or highly-invasive procedures, at Leigh Brain & Spine, we promote natural healing. Dr. Cosmas Leigh, a leading neck and back doctor in Chapel Hill, provides spinal decompression, a non-invasive method of gently reducing pressure between the discs while gently drawing the nucleus of the disc back into place. As part of this therapy, nutrients, oxygen, and fluid is also pulled back into the disc allowing it to naturally heal and regenerate. 

Contact Us for Herniated Disc Treatment in Chapel Hill

At Leigh Brain and Spine, our back and neck specialists work with you to provide you with the best treatment option for your neck and back pain. To learn more about spinal decompression and our other innovative treatment options at our Chapel Hill office, fill out the form below or call us today at (919) 401-9933

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Chiropractors FAQ

Do Chiropractors adjust all patients the same way?

No. The chiropractor evaluates each patient’s unique spinal problem and develops an individual course of care. In fact, there are many different chiropractic techniques and the chiropractor will decide which is best for each patient. The recommendations made by a chiropractor are based upon years of training and experience. Each patient’s care is uniquely different from every other patient.

Can a person who had back surgery see a chiropractor?

Yes. It’s an unfortunate fact that up to half of those who had spinal surgery discover a return of their original symptoms months or years later. They then face the prospect of additional surgery. This too common occurrence is known as “Failed Back Surgery Syndrome.” Chiropractors may help prevent repeated back surgeries. In fact, if chiropractic care is initially utilized back surgery can often be avoided in the first place. Some chiropractors specialize in serving those people who have had previous back surgeries and are still in pain. Spinal Decompression Therapy can be the most effective course of treatment for such a person.

Can I adjust myself?

No. Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction to a specific joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself correctly and accurately. It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create a “popping” sound that sometimes accompanies a chiropractic adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive, often making an already unstable spine even more unstable, and can sometimes be dangerous. Adjusting the spine is not for amateurs.

Can I tell if my spine is out of alignment?

Not always. A misalignment is like a dental cavity–you may have it for a long time before symptoms appear. That’s why periodic spinal checkups are so important. Although it may be possible to know you have a misalignment, it is rarely possible to be sure you don’t. Regular spinal checkups are always a good idea, and they promote good health from the inside out.

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About Dr. Cosmas Leigh

Chiropractic Physician

Dr. Cosmas Leigh, D.C. is a pioneer in Spinal Decompression to treat spinal stenosis, herniated discs, bulging discs, and disc degeneration. Dr. Leigh was the first in his region to include the state-of-the-art DRX 9000c Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression system to his practice to reduce pain and restore function for people of all ages.