Lumbar Disc Herniation Treatment Indianapolis: Your Natural Solution


Lumbar Disc Herniation Treatment Indianapolis:

If you’re searching for low back pain relief as a result of a lumbar disc herniation, you are not alone.  Take a look at these stats from www.chiro-trust.org.  Between 2004 and 2008 an estimated 2.06 million episodes of LBP occurred in the United States (US) alone! Each year, LBP accounts for 3.15% of all emergency visits with 65% of LB injuries occurring at home. According to estimates, two-thirds of all Americans will experience at least one episode of back pain during their lifetime.

Interestingly, according to one study, LBP peaks two times during life: between 25-29 years of age and 95-99 years of age, regardless of cause. Looking at gender differences, when analyzed by five year age groups, males aged 10-49 and females aged 65-94 had a greater risk for LBP when compared with the opposite gender.

These staggering stats could possibly be attributed to the following list of causes for a lumbar disc herniation:

-         A sudden heavy strain or pressure on the lower back

-         A sudden twist of the lower back

-         Heavy sneezing (which increases pressure inside the disc in the spine causing it to leak out)

-         Activities that are done over and over again (repetitive motions)

-         Poor lifting habits

-         De-conditioning of the muscles around the lower back (sedentary lifestyles)

-         Automobile accidents

-         Sports-related injuries

Now that we know what causes a lumbar disc to herniate, how do we find treatment?  It is best to seek natural, alternative methods before resorting to risky and dangerous surgeries to repair the disc or fuse the segment with metal plating.  The human body is an amazing work of art that will try to heal itself when given the proper healing environment.  The only healthcare profession that directly affects the healing of the spine and nervous system naturally is chiropractic care.

Lumbar Disc Herniation Treatment Indianapolis:

Chiropractic Care Indianapolis:

1.       Consultation and history of the injury (pain)

2.      Examination including orthopedic, neurological, functional, and palpation of the spine.

3.      Chiropractic adjustments to areas in the spine that are mis-aligned or lacking normal movement and function.

4.      Light stretching to increase range of motion

Lumbar Disc Herniation Treatment:

Home Care:

1.       Cryotherapy (ice) 15 minutes on 30 minutes off in cycles as needed

2.      Home exercises to strengthen the muscles of the lower back, core, and hips

3.      Anti-inflammatory nutritional supplements can be used to decrease pain and inflammation such as valerian root (for sleep), turmeric, and omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil)

Natural treatments that can be used in conjunction with chiropractic care are massage therapy, acupuncture, and exercise (physical therapy).

Non-natural Lumbar Disc Herniation Treatment Indianapolis Options:

1.       Pain relieving prescription drugs, muscle relaxing prescription drugs, sleep aids for patients with trouble sleeping due to pain levels.

2.      The gold standard surgery is open or microsurgical discectomy (cutting into the spine to remove a fragment of the disc)

3.      Needle injections to reduce the inflammation surrounding the joint

Many non-natural treatments are risky and not guaranteed to relieve your pain or symptoms.  However, some lumbar disc herniations are medical emergencies and should be treated with such non-natural treatments.  According to spine-health.com any patient who has progressive neurological deficits, or develops the sudden onset of bowel or bladder dysfunction, should have an immediate surgical evaluation as these conditions may represent a surgical emergency. Fortunately, both of these conditions are very rare, and most surgery for a lumbar herniated disc is an elective procedure.

At Smiley Family Chiropractic we provide natural lumbar disc herniation treatment in Indianapolis.  We provide individual personalized and caring treatment for each patient.  We will focus on getting you back to doing what you love as quickly and conveniently as possible.  Call us today at 317-228-9701 to get on the road to healing your disc herniation the safe and natural way. 

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