Melva Mitchell Fort Worth - Today we all know someone who suffers from a hernia or even worse from a bulging disc. This occurs by overloading our body (stress). For example spending all day sitting, driving. Injuries while playing sports, accidents or simply due to bad posture. If you've ever suffered a herniated disc, you know that the pain is horrible and that it can come or go at any time

Most chiropractors are used to working with patients with disc problems on a daily basis. In the sacral occipital technique (SOT), which is one of the chiropractic techniques. If you suffer from a herniated disc you belong to a category III.


Category III. Works with those patients related to problems with disc problems or vertebral subluxations. What does this mean? Well, it means that one of the discs that separate 2 vertebrae in the lumbar spine. Or one vertebra has been so overloaded that it puts pressure on the nerves. In both cases, the pain has a devastating effect physically and mentally.

There are several problems associated with bulging or herniated discs. One of them is that it affects the sensitivity and motor skills of the L5 spinal nerve root. Which directly controls the gluteal muscle. The sexual organs (which can cause sexual dysfunction and lack of sensitivity). Defecation, and most importantly which is part of the sciatic nerve.

For this reason, people who have lumbar hernias at L5 / S1 (the most common hernia). Often also have sciatic problems. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body and controls motor. And sensory function in the leg and foot. So when the sciatic nerve is pinched. It creates a burning or aching sensation that radiates down the leg. And is commonly called "sciatica."

Dr Melva Mitchell - Chiropractors work. At different levels with an L5 herniated or protruding disc and sciatica:

* Relieving pressure on the disc through very fine adjustments to reposition. The disc and vertebra in their correct position.

* Balancing the pelvis so that the vertebrae are correctly supported. one on another (like the foundation of a building). * Removing pressure directly from the sciatic nerve. Studies conducted by the International Research Committee of the American Chiropractic Association. Demonstrated that chiropractic adjustments are effective in relieving pain caused by herniated discs. "88% of the patients obtained a very good improvement, 8% remitted. Little improvement and 3.4% did not notice anything."


If you want to help someone who suffers from "sciatica" or has a herniated or bulging disc. Recommend that they go to the nearest chiropractor.

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In the disc protrusion there is a partial rupture of the innermost fibers of the disc. For which the nucleus moves in the fissure causing the nucleus to push (protrude). Disc protrusion may not give any symptoms. But it may also narrow the channel through which the nerves or spinal cord pass. The patient may have severe pain with muscle spasms or nerve pains in the area or in the arms or legs.


Lumbar disc protrusion is a less important disc degeneration than herniated disc.

If the rupture of the fibers of the external zone of the disc is greater, the expulsion of a part of the nucleus can occur. This process is called a herniated disc. The most common are lumbar hernias between L4 - L5 and between L5 - S1, and cervical hernias between C5-C6 and C6-C7.

A herniated disc can compress some of the structures of the nervous system. Generating pain that radiates to the lower limb or upper limb (radiculopathy).


Dr Melva Mitchell - The size of the hernia does not correlate with the symptoms in the patient. The diagnosis of both a protrusion and a hernia will be made through the medical history. The physical examination of the patient and with the support. Of imaging tests such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). It should be noted that the appearance of a bulge or a hernia on imaging tests. Is not always directly related to the appearance of symptoms.


These are physiological processes of aging and degeneration that do not always trigger. The appearance of symptoms. Therefore, the diagnosis should not be based on imaging tests. But on clinical symptoms. Where progressive neurological signs usually appear.