How To Treat Bulging Discs?
If you’re not sure what a bulging disk is, we have all the information you need below. But first, let’s go over some of the basics. What is a bulging disc? A bulging disc occurs when there is too much pressure on one or more of your discs in between your vertebrae. This can cause some serious pain, but luckily there are ways to treat this issue—and I’m here for them!
What Are Bulging Disks?
Bulging discs are a common cause of back pain. A bulging disc occurs when the soft inner core of the disc pushes against the outer wall, creating pressure on your spinal cord or nerve root. This can cause discomfort in that area and lead to other symptoms like numbness or tingling.
It’s not uncommon for people in their 20s and early 30s to experience symptoms associated with bulging discs, especially if they’ve been involved in sports that require repetitive motion such as golf or tennis. Bulging discs can also be caused by aging and wear and tear on the spine over time.
Why Do I Have A Bulging Disk?
In most cases, a bulging disk is the result of degeneration—the hard outer layer of the disk wears away over time and allows the soft inner material (called nucleus pulposus) to push through. The nucleus pulposus can bulge out of alignment with the vertebrae, causing pain in your back or neck.
Won’t Require Surgery?
The good news is that most people who have a bulging disk won’t require surgery—in fact, surgery is only necessary if other treatments fail to relieve your symptoms and prevent further damage to your spine.
What Causes A Problem With The Disk?
The disk is a soft, jelly-like material that sits between each vertebra and acts like a shock absorber. It cushions the spine and allows for smooth movement of the spine, in addition to providing structural support.
When a bulging disc occurs, it may be caused by overuse (such as heavy lifting), trauma (such as a car accident), genetics or inflammation of the disc. A few factors can increase your risk of developing a problem with your discs including age, genetics and sitting for long periods of time.
How Do I Know If I Have A Bulging Disk?
Bulging discs are characterized by a herniation of the soft tissue and nucleus of an intervertebral disc into the spinal canal. This can cause compression on nearby nerve roots, which results in inflammation and pain. Symptoms of bulging disks include:
Pain and numbness in your back, leg or foot
Pain that is not relieved by rest or exercise (also known as ‘refractory’ pain)
If you have any of these symptoms, it’s important to see your doctor right away to determine if you have a bulging disk.
What Can Treatments For A Bulging Disc Do For Me?
Bulging discs can be treated with a variety of methods. Chiropractic treatment is one option, and it has been shown to be effective in reducing pain and disability in patients with herniated or bulging discs. Other options include physical therapy, surgery and laser treatment.
Can Injections Be Done?
Injections can also be used to treat bulging discs; these injections are typically made into the nucleus pulposus (soft inner core) of the affected disc to reduce pressure on nerves exiting that spinal segment. In some cases, epidural steroid injections may also be used for treating a herniated disc if nerve root compression is present or if other therapies have failed to alleviate symptoms of pain radiating down from a specific nerve root level into an arm or leg.
Whether you have a bulging disk or not, you can get help from one of our clinicians at American Back Center in Chicago.
Whether you have a bulging disk, or you’re simply looking to keep your spine healthy and strong, our team of chiropractors, physical therapists and spine care specialists are here to help. Our professional staff will give you the attention and treatment that is needed to get your back on track.
We have helped many patients in Chicago recover
We have helped many patients in Chicago recover from chronic pain caused by spinal issues. We treat those who suffer from bulging disks and other conditions with the most advanced techniques available today. We work together as one team dedicated to helping patients achieve their health goals so they can live life without limits!
If you are dealing with pain in your back and have noticed some changes to your back, then it is best to speak to a doctor about your symptoms. Our expert chiropractors know what they are doing when it comes to treating patients like yourself who have bulging disks as well as other types of back problems.
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