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.