Herniated and Bulging Disc

Causes and Symptoms

Herniated and bulging discs both affect the intervertebral discs in the spine. The purpose of these discs is to cushion the vertebrae which help with flexibility and protect the spinal cord. Nerve root irritation or impingement can occur if these conditions are not solved. Numbness, tingling, muscle weakness are all symptoms that can occur from both of these conditions. Some causes of herniated and bulging discs are from poor posture, spinal injuries, repetitive spinal strain or wear and tear from aging.

Specifically, a bulging disc is the absence of a tear or rupture within the outer layer of the disc. Rather, a small “bubble” protrudes into the spinal canal. A herniated disc is a tear or rupture in the disc and some of the gel-like nucleus has leaked into the spinal canal.

A chiropractor can help address back pain and other herniated disc symptoms. At your initial appointment, your chiropractor will go through your medical history, do a physical exam, and perform orthopaedic and neurological tests.

The treatment for herniated and bulging discs vary slightly.

 Similarly, the chiropractor will initially perform an evaluation of the spine. Your medical history will be explored, a physical exam, orthopedic and neurological tests will also be performed. If necessary an x-ray or MRI may be ordered to help diagnose the spinal issue. Afterwards and individualized treatment plan will be developed which may include spinal manipulation, manual therapy and therapeutic exercises. Some examples of treatment plans for herniated discs include:

  • Flexion-distraction Technique for Herniated Discs
  • Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA)
  • Pelvic Blocking Techniques for Herniated Discs

Chiropractic care can be used to also relieve bulging disc pain. Unfortunately this is only a temporary relief from the symptoms. Low force techniques will be used by the chiropractor in order to relieve the painful symptoms. Other types of treatments will be explored in order to help your specific condition.

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