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Herniated Disc

Herniated Disc Relief from Your Chiropractor in Loveland, CO

For a patient with a herniated disc, coughing or sneezing can trigger sudden pain.  Our chiropractor in Loveland, CO immediately addresses this discomfort by identifying the reasons for the pain.  Fortunately, herniated disc patients who visit our Gateway Family Chiropractic office have treatment options that reduce symptoms while encouraging natural healing.

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Herniated Disc Overview

A herniated disc has several names.  People also refer to it as a ruptured, slipped, or prolapsed disc.  This condition affects any of the discs between the vertebrae of the spine.

The anatomy of each disc is somewhat like that of a donut that has a jelly center.  When part of the gelatinous center manages to push through a tear in the exterior of the disc, the result is a herniated disc plus discomfort.

While herniated discs can occur anywhere in the spine, they are particularly prevalent in the lower back. These damaged discs cause discomfort by placing pressure on the muscles and nerves surrounding them.

Discomfort varies among patients.  However, the most common herniated disc symptoms include:

  • Pain plus numbness, most often on one side of the body
  • Pain extending into the arms or the legs
  • Pain that gets worse with specific movements or at night
  • Pain that is worse after sitting or standing
  • Pain after walking just a short distance
  • Muscle weakness without a known cause
  • Aching, burning, or tingling sensations

Discs herniate due to several possible causes.  The most common are advancing age, lifting heavy objects, twisting or turning to lift, and carrying excess weight.

Herniated Disc Treatment from Gateway Family Chiropractic

Our Gateway Family Chiropractic doctors offer non-surgical therapies for herniated disc patients.  Our primary objective is finding the reason for a patient’s discomfort and creating a customized treatment plan based on both the source and the severity of discomfort and the individual’s specific symptoms.

Our chiropractor assesses the condition of the entire spine.  Diagnosis follows a comprehensive physical exam and a review of the patient’s medical history and specific complaints.  In addition, our doctor checks to see if reflexes are intact, whether the patient has muscle wasting or has lost muscle strength, and if there is any loss of sensation.  X-rays and MRI scans can be helpful in diagnosing a herniated disc and in formulating a treatment plan.

We offer a combination of treatment options.  Manual adjustments, decompression therapy, and customized physical exercises tackle back pain and promote healing.  Massage therapy and cupping relax muscles and are helpful in conjunction with other therapies.

Schedule a Consultation with Our Chiropractor in Loveland, CO

Is herniated disc pain interfering with your lifestyle?  Call our Gateway Family Chiropractic office at 970-669-7620 today to schedule an appointment with our chiropractor in Loveland, CO.  Our three chiropractors, Dr. Michael Hughes, Dr. David Hughes, and Dr. Shannon Bundy, serve patients in the Loveland, Fort Collins, Windsor, Berthoud, and Greeley areas.  Our new client special includes a consultation, exam, and report of our doctor’s findings for only $40.


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  • "I was in constant pain for years. I started getting adjusted with Gateway Family Chiropractic in Dec. for CRPS (chronic regional pain syndrome). After 4 visits the pain has dramatically reduced and is now at a 2/10 from a 10/10 on a pain scale. Now I come in one a month for maintenance and have no complains!"
    Bruce E - Longmont, CO
  • "Gateway Doctors, with only a few visits under my belt I feel so much better. On a regular basis here recently I encounter a rib problems where they were pushing on a nerve to where it became hard to breath I couldn't deal sith the symptoms. I called Dr. Hughes for much needed immediate relief. I caught them at the office after hours and explained my situation. They worked on my for about 20 minutes and I left with less side pain & was walking up right again. Gateway is the best would recommend 10 x over sincerely"
    Don C. - Loveland, CO
  • "All the staff at Gateway Chiropractic are wonderful. Dr. Mike Hughes has given my pain relief for the first time in over a year. Can't wait to continue my treatment!!!"
    Jennifer H. - Loveland, CO
  • "Drs. David and Michael Hughes are wonderful. My son had been going to another chiropractor with no results. Within just a few visits to Gateway Family Chiropractic, my son was able to return to work. Thank you Drs. David and Mike Hughes."
    Joe A. - Fort Collins, CO
  • "I came to this office a year ago with debilitating hip problems. I was so missed up it took about 6 months to get it to hold. After my first appointment, I no longer was needing pain medication. The most amazing part about this office is that Dr. Dave and Dr. Mike really take the time to know what was happening in my body. They recommend much needed supplements that helped in me get my life back. I could not function before I started coming here and will always be grateful for their knowledge and expertise in their field. THANK YOU GATEWAY. Don't forget how amazing the office staff is as well. Best chiropractic office in Northern Colorado. I definitely recommend you guys every day to others who need you!"
    Marissa S. - Loveland, CO
  • "Our Infant, Merrick, was placed with ear infection, congestion, and cough. Antibiotics were not helping and made things worse. He began vomiting. We were all exhausted & frustrated. We couldn't find anything that worked! We brought him to Gateway Chiropractic in Loveland. With steady treatments his ear infection and other symptoms went away. He is healthy and now growing without ear infection complications. This was a blessing for our baby and our family! We are so grateful!"
    C. Muth - Loveland, CO
  • "After a thorough and thoughtful review of the x-rays of my back and hips, Dr. Hughes adjusted me from my head to my knees. Yep, my knees! I was able to kneel down on the floor with my kids for the first time in years with no stiffness or achy knees. During the adjustment I felt unhurried and relaxed. I left with more range of motion in my neck, shoulders... & knees. Thank you! I recommend Dr. Hughes as a qualified and caring chiropractor!"
    Richard T. - Loveland, CO
  • "The staff is amazing. The practitioners were more than happy to try and treat my severe neck pain and limited range of motion. I could hardly move my head and upper back 2 weeks ago. After a series of x-rays to I.D. the problem, some other quantitative testing, both chiropractors were able to treat my PROBLEM in addition to diminishing my SYMPTOMS. After 2 weeks, I have full range, hardly any pain, slept better and more energy. I would HIGHLY recommend beginning ANY un-wellness at this clinic prior to MD approach to medication. THANKS FOR MAKING ME BETTER!"
    Rose W. - Loveland, CO
  • "My whole family LOVES Gateway Chiropractic. Dr. Mike and Dave are excellent! They are knowledgeable and take the time to explain how the body works & what they're doing to help the body heal. All the members of the team are friendly and helpful. I always enjoy my visits and love that they keep my healthy!"
    Stacey R. - Loveland, CO
  • "I was in constant pain for years. I started getting adjusted with Gateway Family Chiropractic in Dec. for CRPS (chronic regional pain syndrome). After 4 visits the pain has dramatically reduced and is now at a 2/10 from a 10/10 on a pain scale. Now I come in one a month for maintenance and have no complains!"
    Bruce E - Longmont, CO
  • "Drs' Mike and David are competent, concerned, and caring chiropractors. I am impressed with the tables they use to administer adjustments. The dropping mechanism makes the adjustment so focused and exact. I feel less pain and have more flexibility and range of motion now than before I began my treatments."
    Diane L. - Berthoud, CO
  • "I have severe arthritis. The pain getting worse & I thought I might need to have a hip replacement. Even after the first adjustment my hip felt better and I could finally sleep all night without waking in pain. Now I have almost no pain most nights and I am walking without limping. I am now doing yoga and Zumba, two activities I ahd stayed away from because my hip pain just wouldn't allow it! I had never gone to a Chiropractor before, now I don't think I will ever stop!"
    Dixie S. - Loveland, CO