Find Out From An Amarillo Chiropractor If The Pain May Be A Disc Herniation
Chiropractor in Amarillo, Dr. Jeff Williams, lays it all out to help you decide if that pain is due to a disc bulge or a disc herniation
That’s some serious pain.
Signs of a disc bulge or disc herniation
When talking about sitting, standing, or lying down, disc patients are typically most uncomfortable sitting and most comfortable lying down. When you lay down, you take the weight off of the discs. This allows a bulge or herniation to reduce so it can ease discomfort for disc patients.
Going from a seated to standing position can be difficult for disc patients.
The inability to raise both feet 6 inches while laying on the back for 30 seconds due to the pain can suggest a disc condition suggest issues from a disc.
Pain when you cough, sneeze, or bear down can suggest a disc injury.
If when pointing to the pain, you point directly over the center of the spine as opposed to just off center or several inches to the right or left, then it may suggest a disc condition. If you would point just off center, it could suggest a facet problem. If you point more away from the center and down just a touch, it could be a sacroiliac (SI) joint. All can cause significant pain.
If you have pain, numbness, or tingling into one or both legs, it can be due to nerve root or disc issue. Several conditions can cause pain into the hips and certain aspects of the legs. But, as a general rule, the further the pain goes beyond the knee, the more likely you are dealing with a disc issue.
If it starts hurting in the first 1/3 of trunk flexion or first 1/3 of trunk extension, it could be a disc causing the pain.
If bending forward or backward causes the pain to peripheralize, you may be dealing with a herniated disc. Peripheralization means the movement causes the pain to spread out and run further into the hips, buttocks, or legs.
- Pain that is helped with walking is a common characteristic of disc injuries
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Dr. Jeff Williams, DC, FIANM is a Fellowship-trained Neuromusculoskeletal specialist and chiropractor in Amarillo, TX. As an Amarillo chiropractor, Dr. Williams treats chronic pain, disc pain, low back pain, neck pain, whiplash injuries, and more. Dr. Williams is also the host of The Chiropractic Forward Podcast (http://www.chiropracticforward.com). Through the podcast, Dr. Williams teaches fellow chiropractors and advocates weekly for evidence-based, patient-centered practice through current and relevant research. If you have any questions for Dr. Williams, feel free to email at [email protected]
Learn more about Dr. Williams and his practice at https://www.amarillochiropractor.com. Dr. Williams's full-time Amarillo chiropractic practice is Creek Stone Integrated Care at 3501 SW 45th St., Ste. T, Amarillo, TX 79109
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Jeff S Williams, DC, FIANM, DABFP