Can A Herniated Disc Cause Headaches?

Worried man touching his head

Ever had a headache that just wouldn’t go away?  

You’ve taken medicine, stayed hydrated, even rested well, but the throbbing persists. 

Here at O’Dell Family Chiropractic, we often see patients who have headaches indirectly caused by a herniated disc. The body is an interconnected system. 

A deeper understanding of a herniated disc 

Your spine comprises bones called vertebrae that are separated by gel-like cushions called discs. Strain or injury can cause these discs to rupture or herniate—meaning bulge—squeezing nearby nerves and causing pain that radiates through the body. 

Can a herniated disc cause headaches? 

Although the more common symptoms of a herniated disc are back pain, numbness, or tingling, the condition can lead to headaches, too, if a cervical herniated disc—one in the neck—irritates nerves connected to the head.  

John, a software engineer in Rochester, came to us with persistent headaches. Though he consulted with other specialists and took over-the-counter painkillers, John found no relief from his headaches until we pinpointed the cause: a herniated disc in his neck.  

We started treating John’s cervical herniated disc and his headaches subsided. 

How can a chiropractor help with a herniated disc? 

Chiropractic treatment is a highly effective, non-surgical way to manage pain and discomfort resulting from a herniated disc. We use spinal manipulation—also called spinal adjustment—and other non-invasive methods to reduce disc herniation, alleviate nerve pressure, and ultimately reduce pain and headaches. 

Every individual is unique. So is his or her treatment plan. We provide personalized care tailored to each patient’s needs and comfort level. 

It’s time to take control of your health 

Headaches can be debilitating and significantly impact quality of life. If you’re in the Rochester area and are struggling with persistent headaches, consider that they might be an indirect symptom of a herniated disc. 

At O’Dell Family Chiropractic, we’re committed to helping you live a pain-free life. With careful examination and targeted chiropractic treatment, we can work together to manage your herniated disc and relieve your headaches. 

So contact us today, at 585-671-9210—and, together, let’s take the first step on your wellness journey! 



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O’Dell Family Chiropractic

Primary Location
853 Ridge Rd
Webster, NY 14580
(585) 671-9210

Secondary Location
144 Metro Park
Rochester, NY 14623 US
(585) 671-9210