Spinal Manipulation - Topic Overview
Spinal manipulation, also called spinal adjustment, is a treatment that uses pressure on a joint of the spine. It is used to improve pain and function. Manipulation can be done with the hands or a special device. The careful, controlled force used on the joint can range from gentle to strong, and from slow to rapid. Sometimes other joints of the body are also worked on to help treat the spine. Like most back pain treatments, spinal manipulation works for some people, but not for others. Spinal manipulation is safe when done by a trained health care provider. Afterward, some people feel tired or sore. But serious problems are very rare. If you have tight muscles or muscles that spasm, your health care provider may first use heat, ultrasound, or electrical current. This helps relax your muscles before you receive spinal manipulation.Who can do manipulationHealth care providers who are commonly trained do spinal manipulation include: Chiropractors.Osteopaths.Physical therapists.Medical
Lumbar Herniated Disc - Topic Overview
What is a herniated disc? Learn what it is and what causes it.
Lumbar Herniated Disc - Other Treatment
Learn about rehabilitation, exercise, and complementary and alternative treatments for a herniated disc.
Lumbar Herniated Disc - Home Treatment
Learn about home treatments for herniated discs.
Lumbar Herniated Disc - When To Call a Doctor
Find out when to call a doctor about a herniated disc.
Lumbar Herniated Disc - Prevention
Measures that may help prevent low back pain or a herniated disc include: Maintaining an ideal body weight. This reduces the load on your lower back.Exercising regularly. Quitting smoking. Nicotine and other toxins from cigarette smoke can be harmful to y
Lumbar Herniated Disc - Health Tools
Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Should I have surgery for a herniated disc?
Lumbar Herniated Disc - Medications
Information on medications used to treat herniated discs.
Lumbar Herniated Disc - What Happens
The gradual wearing out of spinal discs is a natural part of aging that can often lead to a herniated disc. However, only a few people who have herniated discs have severe or troublesome symptoms.
Lumbar Herniated Disc - Cause
A herniated disc usually is caused by wear and tear of the disc (also called disc degeneration). As we age, our vertebral discs lose some of the fluid that helps them maintain flexibility. A herniated disc also may result from injuries to the spine, which