If you have a spinal disc injury, your first thought and fear may be, “Will this require surgery?” Before we answer this question, let’s cover the basics.
What is a spinal disc?
There are 23 discs in the human spine: 12 in the middle back, 5 in the lower back, and 6 in the neck. Spinal discs are attached above and below the vertebrae of the spine. These discs act as shock absorbers as well as cartilaginous joints that allow for slight mobility. Spinal discs also separate the vertebrae and keep them from rubbing together.
What causes a damaged disc?
It may surprise you how easy it is to injure a spinal disc! A violent injury or accident can severely damage a disk, but sometimes a disc can tear or swell without any apparent cause. Not all herniated discs press on nerves, which means it is possible to have a damaged disc that does not cause any discomfort. However, if the injury affects a nerve root, it can lead to excruciating pain. Neck pain, back pain, leg pain, sciatica, and numbness are all potential side effects.
So, is surgery my only option?
Absolutely not. To avoid surgery, a patient can try Main Line chiropractic care, physical therapy, pain medication, or epidural injections, which are all forms of conservative treatment. If this fails, or if the patient is in intense, unyielding pain, then surgery may be the better option for a speedy recovery. Physicians can determine the best course of treatment by analyzing the patient’s clinical situation, such as the amount of pain he or she is experiencing, the duration of symptoms, and the extent of disability. It is recommended that you review your options carefully and test out the safer methods of treatment before jumping into surgery.
At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that what works well for one patient may not work well for another. All of our bodies are unique, and therefore we must all receive individualized care and guidance. Dr. Johns is the Main Line chiropractor who will give you the personal attention and quality treatment you deserve.
Contact Johns Chiropractic & Rehabilitation today for more information about the conditions we treat and the excellent services we provide.