When it comes to spinal disc problems, such as bulging discs and herniated discs, spinal decompression is both an effective and noninvasive treatment option. However, if you don’t know that you have a spinal disc problem in the first place, how can you get it treated? Knowing how to spot a problem is the first step towards finding a solution, and that’s why our chiropractors in Evansville has come up with this list of common signs of spinal disc problems:
1. You lean to one side when you stand
When you try to stand up straight, do you find yourself leaning to one side or the other? This is called antalgia, and it occurs when the center of a spinal disc gets herniated or “slips.” As your body tries to pull you away from the bulge in the disc, you lean to one side.
2. You experience pain when you sneeze or cough
When you sneeze or cough there is a buildup of pressure inside of your body, and since any force follows the path of least resistance, when the pressure is released it often puts excess force on the bulging disc. Many people with disc problems find themselves leaning against a countertop or table when they sneeze or cough to prevent themselves from falling down due to the pain.
3. You have sciatica
The sciatic nerve is both the biggest and longest nerve in the body, and when a bulging disc puts added pressure on it, you’ll know it. Pain is a common symptom of sciatica, but you may also experience tingling, numbness or weakness.
If you’ve experienced any of the signs of a disc problem, turn to Integrated Physical Medicine. We offer a variety of treatment options, from chiropractic care and spinal decompression to massage therapy and acupuncture. Schedule your appointment today.