Herniated Disc Specialist

William V. Salvatore, D.C.

Chiropractor located in Oceanside, NY

Herniated discs can cause low back pain, chronic headaches, and pain and numbness in the shoulders, arms and legs. As a top-ranked chiropractor in Oceanside, New York, Dr. William V. Salvatore offers the most advanced treatment options to help patients relieve herniated disc symptoms and improve their overall spine health. Dr. Salvatore focuses on personal care for each patient, and is here to answer any questions that will help improve your treatment experience. His goal is to get patients pain free and feeling great as quickly as possible, with affordable, convenient chiropractic care.

Herniated Disc Q & A

What is a herniated disc?

Between each pair of spine bones (or vertebrae) is a spongy disc that helps absorb shocks as we move and also promotes flexibility and movement in the spine. These discs comprise a tough outer shell called the annulus that surrounds a gel-like interior called the nucleus pulposus. Sometimes, one of these spongy discs can slip out of its normal position, irritating the nerves as they exit the spine. Herniated discs can also cause the surrounding tissues to become inflamed, resulting in additional nerve pain. When a herniated disc is severely pinched, it can rupture and some of the gel-like internal material can leak out, causing more irritation and inflammation.

What causes herniated discs?

Herniated discs are often caused by overuse or repetitive use, including bending and lifting, that cause the spine to become misaligned, resulting in displacement of the disc. Traumatic injuries, spine-related diseases, conditions like spondylolisthesis and lifestyle habits of prolonged sitting or standing can also cause herniated discs. People who are obese or pregnant are also at greater risk of developing a herniated disc.

What symptoms are associated with herniated discs?

Herniated discs can cause local pain and ache, as well as radiating pain, numbness, and weakness anywhere along the path of the nerve that’s being compressed by the disc. Herniated discs in the upper spine and neck can cause chronic headaches.

How is a herniated disc treated?

The key to treating a herniated disc is to coax the disc back into its normal position so inflammation and nerve irritation are relieved. Spinal adjustments and manual therapy gently widen spaces between the vertebrae so the disc can return to its proper position. Therapeutic exercises can be very useful in promoting natural healing and balancing strains on the spine so herniation can be avoided in the future.

What is the duration of treatment for a herniated disc?

Most patients respond well to chiropractic treatment, requiring a few treatment sessions to relieve acute symptoms. Ongoing chiropractic care including lifestyle guidance can help prevent herniated discs from recurring.

Accepted Insurances

Dr. Salvatore accepts the following insurances and several more. If you do not see your insurance listed here, please contact our office and we will be happy to assist you.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Liberty Mutual
Oxford (UnitedHealthcare)
Palmetto GBA
The Hartford