Herniated Disc Specialist

A herniated disc is a common injury which causes pain to millions of people across the nation. Dr. Adam Church, DC, of Atlas Chiropractic, has been treating East Haven, CT, herniated discs in this area since 2002.

Herniated Disc Q & A

Atlas Chiropractic

What Is a Herniated Disc?

The bones along the spine are separated by discs of spongy material that help absorb shock and cushion the back against impact and injury. Sometimes, one of these discs gets damaged, causing it to break open or bulge. This is called a herniated disc. Herniated discs are also sometimes known as slipped discs or ruptured discs.

Injuries resulting in herniated discs can occur anywhere along the back but are most often encountered in the lumbar (lower back) or cervical (neck) regions.

What Causes a Herniated Disc?

Herniated discs often occur through injury. If a patient suffers a bad fall, has an accident that causes them to twist in an awkward manner or puts undue strain on their back, these discs can become dislocated, torn or cracked, causing the gel-like liquid inside to bleed through.

Many people suffer slipped or ruptured discs just from the wear and tear that comes with age. The human body, like any other machine, has parts that get old, dry out and don’t work as well. They can become damaged as a result.

What Are the Symptoms?

In some cases, a herniated disc presents no symptoms at all. This is usually the case if there’s no pressure on a nerve. Indications that a patient has suffered a ruptured or slipped disc that is putting pressure on the nerves can include symptoms such as:

  • Pain radiating throughout the spine and extremities, possibly including muscle spasms
  • Pins and needles, numbness and tingling in the shoulders, arms, legs or buttocks
  • Muscular weakness

Can Chiropractic Help a Herniated Disc?

Chiropractic is an excellent remedy for many people experiencing problems with herniated discs. Spinal adjustment by a licensed chiropractor can help to restore the reflexes, muscle strength, mobility and sensation along the nerves. The chiropractor will evaluate the entire spine and any areas that might be experiencing symptoms to determine how and what kinds of adjustments can help.

A course of treatment could involve spinal manipulation as well as an individual treatment plan including physical therapy, exercises, and activities designed to restore strength, flexibility, and mobility.

Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "...the entire staff [is] so friendly and welcoming. I would recommend Atlas to anyone especially a beginner like me."

    Michelle S.
  • Google+

    "Dr. Church and all his staff really work hard to make you feel like you are part of their family and you belong there. I highly recommend this practice."

    Lery A.
  • Google+

    "I cannot express enough how much [Dr. Church] has helped me out and I look forward to being a patient of his for years to come. I cannot recommend him enough."

    Carmine M.
  • "Dr. Church and his staff have always given fast, professional and extremely friendly service with a smile."

    George K.
  • "Dr. Church was very clear in explaining what needed to be done to get me back on track to health."

    Verified Patient
  • "The front desk staff is amazing, very personable and friendly!"

    Wendy M.
  • "Atlas is the best! Dr. Church takes the time to know and work with his patients as individuals."

    Eugene P.
  • "Everyone at Atlas is so friendly & really cares about you, they have made such a huge difference in my life by getting me out of pain & teaching me how to be healthier"

    Verified Patient
  • "Dr. Church offers classes that are very informative...I suggest people go to these as you will learn a great deal from Dr. Church's teachings."

    Adele H.
  • Yelp

    "...the entire staff [is] so friendly and welcoming. I would recommend Atlas to anyone especially a beginner like me."

    Michelle S.
  • Google+

    "Dr. Church and all his staff really work hard to make you feel like you are part of their family and you belong there. I highly recommend this practice."

    Lery A.
  • Google+

    "I cannot express enough how much [Dr. Church] has helped me out and I look forward to being a patient of his for years to come. I cannot recommend him enough."

    Carmine M.
  • "Dr. Church and his staff have always given fast, professional and extremely friendly service with a smile."

    George K.
  • "Dr. Church was very clear in explaining what needed to be done to get me back on track to health."

    Verified Patient
  • "The front desk staff is amazing, very personable and friendly!"

    Wendy M.
  • "Atlas is the best! Dr. Church takes the time to know and work with his patients as individuals."

    Eugene P.
  • "Everyone at Atlas is so friendly & really cares about you, they have made such a huge difference in my life by getting me out of pain & teaching me how to be healthier"

    Verified Patient
  • "Dr. Church offers classes that are very informative...I suggest people go to these as you will learn a great deal from Dr. Church's teachings."

    Adele H.
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Atlas Chiropractic
370 Hemingway Avenue
East Haven, CT 06512
Phone: 203-466-1111
Fax: (203) 468-9684
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