Herniated Discs

At New Hartford Chiropractic, we specialize in natural pain treatments for herniated discs and other painful conditions affecting the entire family. Our chiropractor delivers personalized care after a thorough evaluation of the spine. Our treatment methods activate the body's natural healing power and provide pain relief that lasts.


What is Herniated Disc?

Intervertebral discs are soft, cushion-like cartilage between the backbones that make up the spine. The disc contains a gel-like substance that helps to absorb shock on the spine during everyday activities. A herniated, slipped, and ruptured disc means the disc is damaged as a result of pressure on the spine. The gel-like material may squeeze through a crack in the disc and press on or irritates the nerve leading to pain. 

Ruptured Disc Causes

Adults over 35 are more likely to have worn, dry discs that are prone to injury. A sudden twist or lifting the wrong way can cause the disc in the neck or lower back to herniate or slip out of position. Other common causes include neck or back injury from a fall or car accident, obesity, prolonged sitting, misaligned spinal joints, and degenerative disc disease. 

Typical Slipped Disc Symptoms

Common slipped disc symptoms include stiffness, reduced mobility, and:

  • Dull, sharp, or disabling neck or lower back pain
  • Neck pain travels along the path of the nerve to the shoulder, arm, or hand
  • Lower back pain travels to the hips, buttocks, or legs (sciatica)
  • Tingling, numbness, or weakness in the upper or lower extremities

Herniated Disc Treatment from Our New Hartford Chiropractor

We may decide to treat you if the physical exam or results from an X-ray, CT scan, MRI, or discogram reveal a ruptured disc and nerve interference. Whether your chiropractic care plan includes spinal adjustments, spinal decompression therapy or soft tissue therapies. Our goal is to help you avoid the need for surgery however, if necessary we have relationships with spine surgeons in case a consult is needed. These non-invasive treatments are designed to stimulate healing from within the body.

  • Spinal Adjustment – Our chiropractor will use hands or a small instrument to gently realign the spinal joints and soft tissue. Repositioning the spine moves the disc material away from the nerve, eases back pain, reduces inflammation, numbness, and tingling.
  • Massage Therapy – Great for relaxing the muscles in the neck or back. It stimulates blood flow and releases hormones that help relieve pain naturally. Adjustments and massage therapies work together to eliminate pain and increase mobility.
  • Spinal Decompression Therapy – This procedure has shown excellent results in assisting to decompress (take pressure off) of nerves that are being compressed by degenerated or herniated discs.

Manage Disc Pain with Chiropractic Care in Utica and New Hartford, NY

Call New Hartford Chiropractic today at (315) 738-1800 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our chiropractor.