Herniated disc is when a spinal disk ruptures and bulges, putting pressure on nerves in the neck, mid-back, or lower back which can cause pain, numbness, burning, weakness, or tingling in the arms and legs.
If you have a herniated disc, you can understand how painful this condition can be. Simple tasks like vacuuming, gardening, or doing the laundry can seem impossible from the pain of a herniated disc. If you have symptoms, taking medication, or thinking about possible surgery for a herniated disc, this does not have to be your last resort.
At Gucciardo Specific Chiropractic and Natural Health Center we have a treatment option for you that is safe, natural, drug-free, and surgery-free called the Class IV K-Laser Therapy.
A herniated disc may occur from degeneration of the spine, age, strenuous activity, “wear and tear,” or injury. The gel-like center of the disc can rupture (herniate) through a tear or weak area in the tough disc wall ... it’s like a filling being squeezed out of a jelly doughnut. This gel material can irritate your spinal nerves that act as a “telephone,” allowing messages to travel back and forth between the brain the body.
Symptoms of a herniated disc depend on the location of the spine where the disc herniation occurs and whether the nerves are being irritated. This irritation can cause a shooting pain in the low back, down to the buttocks, and into the back of the thigh and radiate down to the leg. Sometimes this is associated with numbness, weakness, and tingling in the leg. If the disc herniation occurs in the cervical spine, the pain may shoot down to one arm and cause a stiff neck or muscle spasm in the neck. In addition, if the disc herniation is pressing on the spinal nerves it can result in severe pain down both sides of the body leading to other symptoms. In severe cases, loss of bladder and bowel control may even occur.
The Class IV Laser Therapy is a treatment option for herniated discs that provides pain reduction, especially for patients seeking a treatment without the use of drugs or surgery. It can also be used alone or in combination with other treatments recommended by Dr. Gucciardo.
The Class IV Laser Therapy uses a red infrared laser light energy to treat pain and inflammation. It works at a cellular level by stimulating the body’s natural healing processes. Patients have experienced pain relief from the laser treatments rather than taking medication, anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, and surgical procedures.
Overtime, these laser treatments can ease your symptoms of disc herniation and strengthen other tissues. Other conditions including headaches, knee and hip pain, neck pain, neuropathy, sciatica, shingles, and spinal stenosis may also improve with the Class IV Laser Care.
If you have a herniated disc and seeking treatment and would like to see if you’re a candidate for the Class IV Laser Therapy treatment, please contact us today at 718.845.2323. We look forward to helping you heal safely and naturally without the use of drugs or surgery.