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Hometown Chiropractic

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1651 Carey Avenue, Suite 1C
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Phone: 307-426-4321
Fax: 307-426-4320

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Monday9:00 - 6:00
Tuesday9:00 - 6:00
Wednesday9:00 - 6:00
Thursday9:00 - 6:00
Friday9:00 - 6:00
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You may have heard the term "slipped disc" used to describe a low back injury.  Discs do not actually "slip".  Rather, they may herniate or bulge out from between the bones.  A herniation is a displaced fragment of the center part or nucleus of the disc that is pushed through a tear in the outer layer or annulus of the disc.  Pain results when irritating substances are released from this tear and also if the fragment touches or compresses a nearby nerve.  Disc herniation has some similarities to degenerative disc disease and discs that herniate are often in an early stage of degeneration.  Herniated discs are common in the low back or lumbar spine.

What causes discs to herniate?

Many factors decrease the strength and resiliency of the disc and increase the risk of disc herniation.  Life style choices such as smoking, lack of regular exercise, and inadequate nutrition contribute to poor disc health.  Poor posture, daily wear and tear, injury or trauma, and incorrect lifting or twisting further stress the disc. If the disc is already weakened, it may herniate with a single movement or strain such as coughing or bending to pick up a pencil.

How do I know if I have a disc herniation?

Herniated discs are most likely to affect people between the ages of 30 and 40.  Disc herniations may be present without causing pain.  The most common symptom will be pain in the area of the herniation that may radiate across the hips or into the buttocks.  You may also experience numbness or pain radiating down your leg to the ankle or foot.  If the herniation is large enough, you may notice weakness with extension of your big toe and you may be unable to walk on your toes or heels.  In severe cases of lumbar disc herniation, you may experience changes in your bowel or bladder function and may have difficulty with sexual function.

How is a disc herniation treated?

Mild to moderate disc herniations can usually be treated conservatively with stretching, exercise therapy and chiropractic care.  More advanced cases will often require some form of spinal decompression, such as traction or mechanical decompression, in conjuction with chiropractic care. 

Occasionally, a herniation may be severe enough to warrant surgical intervention.  These cases are usually reserved as a last resort when other forms of therapy have failed to relieve pain, or if there is significant compression of the spinal cord or nerves.

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"We have been to several, I mean several chiropractors and Dr Walton was the only one that gave us what we wanted....he LISTENED and ACTED! It is not everyday you find that one specialist who listens and understands what you are saying. He is exceptionally talented!! We love that he offers the best for you and your condition and follows what healing process is best for YOU! He listens!! We love him and like I said we have been to several chiropractors and my husband is really picky. But with Dr Walton we found what we were looking for honest, easy to talk to, availability and great skill. We walk in hurting and walk out healed! You are awesome Dr Walton!"

 - Brandee

Office Hours

Day
Monday9:00 - 6:00
Tuesday9:00 - 6:00
Wednesday9:00 - 6:00
Thursday9:00 - 6:00
Friday9:00 - 6:00
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed

Meet the Doctor

Meet Dr. Walton Dr. Walton was raised in Riverton where he graduated from Riverton High School in 2001. While in high school he was very active participating in basketball, track, and tennis. He enjoys getting out in the fresh Wyoming air and enjoying the outdoors, and loves to participate in any sport possible. Read More

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  • 1651 Carey Avenue, Suite 1C Cheyenne, WY 82001
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