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Herniated Disc

David B Nichols, DC -  - Chiropractor

David B Nichols, DC

Chiropractor located in Belmont, CA

A herniated disc is a common cause of low back pain, sciatica, and neck pain, but surgery isn’t your only treatment option. Chiropractor Dr. David Nichols treats herniated discs without drugs or invasive procedures at his private practice in Belmont, California. For natural, safe, and effective treatment for herniated discs, call or book an appointment online today.

Herniated Disc Q & A

What is a herniated disc?

Discs are rubbery pads that sit in between each hard bone (vertebra) in your spine. These discs absorb shock and allow your back to bend and flex. The outside of a disc is made of tough cartilage, but the inside is filled with a soft, gel-like substance.

A herniated, slipped, or ruptured disc happens when some of the gel interior bulges out through a tear or weakness in the exterior. When this happens, the herniated disc may press on surrounding nerves and cause pain.

What causes herniated discs?

The most common cause of herniated discs is age-related wear-and-tear called disc degeneration. Over time, spinal discs decrease in water content and become less flexible. This makes them more likely to tear or rupture, even with minor strain.

Most of the time, herniated discs aren’t related to a single injury, but a traumatic event like a bad fall can cause a disc to rupture. Using your back to lift heavy objects instead of your leg muscles can also increase your risk of a herniated disc.

How do I know if I have a herniated disc?

A herniated disc can be painful, or it may not cause any symptoms at all. If you do have symptoms, they depend on the location of the herniated disc.

Low back

Sciatica pain is the most common symptom of a herniated disc in your low back. This pain may radiate from your low back into your hip and down the back of one leg. Other symptoms of a low back herniated disc include:

  • Back pain
  • Weakness in one leg or foot
  • Numbness or tingling in one leg or foot


A herniated disc in your neck may cause the following symptoms:

  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Numbness or tingling in one arm
  • Weakness in one arm

The pain may also shoot down the length of one arm.

How are herniated discs treated?

First, Dr. Nichols performs a complete physical exam and review of your symptoms and medical history. Then, he recommends the best course of treatment for your specific condition.

Most people with herniated discs experience dramatic improvement with just a few months of nonsurgical, drug-free treatments, such as:

  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Spinal decompression
  • Cold and heat applications

Dr. Nichols may also teach you gentle stretching and strengthening exercises to perform at home for ongoing improvement.

For safe, effective, and nonsurgical treatment of herniated discs, call the office of Dr. David Nichols or book an appointment online today.