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How To Know if you have a Disc Herniation

Back pain can come when you least expect it. Several things might cause back pain but a herniated disc is the most common. The spine is made up of 33 vertebrae bones. Some of the bones are cushioned by soft discs. The discs allow you to move your spine and be flexible. If the disc between the two vertebrae starts to slip out of place then it can irritate surrounding nerves. While it could be possible to self-diagnosis yourself, it helps to see a chiropractor at Duben Holistic Chiropractic Center in Thousand Oaks if you are worried about back pain.

Disc Herniation Symptoms

A clear sign of a disc herniation is where the pain is located. Herniated discs can occur anywhere in the spine, but most common in the lower part of the back, just above your hips. The pain can be physically disabling, it spread from your back to your thighs and even your calves. A herniated disc will worsen if you are active. Even sneezing, sitting, or coughing can aggravate your disc herniation symptoms even further.

Risk Factors

There are some risk factors of disc herniation and this includes weight, occupation, and genetics. Age can also be a factor since as you get older, the discs can break down and lose cushioning.

Diagnosis

Our chiropractors will be able to tell if you have a herniated disc with a complete examination. The doctor can do a physical exam to find the source of the pain. If the chiropractors want to be sure and rule out any other sources of pain, there can be further testing. X-rays don’t show if you have a herniated disc but can rule out whether the pain is being caused by something else. An MRI can be used to locate the position of the herniated disc and determine which nerves are affected.

Visiting a Chiropractor

Duben Holistic Chiropractic Center in Thousand Oaks can help you determine if your back pain is related to a herniated disc. Call us today at 805-468-4437, to make an appointment today!

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