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What Is A Bulging Disc?

A bulging disc occurs when an intervertebral disc (spinal disc) has become compressed, which in turn can cause pressure upon sensitive spinal nerves. Much like a water balloon that becomes squeezed on one side, a bulging disc will protrude to one side when not properly aligned, that often affects the spinal nerve next to it. This can cause symptoms to develop, such as, pain, numbness and tingling, weakness and even paralysis. The most common areas to experience these symptoms are the arms and hands, or legs and feet. While a bulging disc can occur suddenly, such as from a slip and fall, sports injury or a car accident, it often takes months for your body to heal it.

How Is a Bulging Disc Diagnosed?

Bulging discs can be diagnosed using x-rays, as well as ordering an MRI. Chiropractors are specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of bulging discs, helping patients relieve symptoms and restore the health of their spinal discs.

What Are The Symptoms Of A Bulging Disc?

One of the leading causes of disability among Americans are bulging discs. This is why it is important to recognize the symptoms of a bulging disc sooner than later. Bulging discs are progressive, meaning that if they are not fixed, they will only get worse, causing permanent damage in the form of degenerative disc disease. Chiropractic care has shown favorable results with treating bulging discs and preventing permanent damage.

These are the most common symptoms of bulging discs:

1- neck pain radiating down into the shoulder, arm, hands and fingers.

2- numbness in hands and fingers.

3- carpal tunnel syndrome.

4- headaches.

5- vertigo.

6- low back pain radiating down into leg and feet.

7- sciatica.

8- numbness in feet and toes.

Chiropractic Care Restores Bulging Discs

Research shows bulging discs respond favorably to chiropractic care. Typical treatment options, such as pain medication, muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatories only provide symptomatic relief for bulging discs. The problem is that the cause of the bulging disc has still not been corrected and the problem progressively gets worse over time.

Chiropractic is the only non-surgical treatment which corrects the root cause of bulging discs- spinal alignment. Spinal alignment is the key when it comes to getting long-term results with patients with bulging discs. Chiropractic adjustments to restore normal spinal alignment are gentle, safe and effective. In most cases, we are able to correct bulging discs and restore normal spinal alignment within 12 weeks.

Bulging Discs: A Progressive Condition

The five most dangerous words in the English language are "Maybe it'll just go away." Like most conditions of the body, bulging discs are progressive, meaning that they will get worse if nothing is done to fix the problem. The consequences of leaving a bulging disc uncorrected can be permanent, often leading to spinal surgery.

A sudden impact, such as a slip or fall, sports injury or car accident can cause a bulging disc. However, poor posture and working in a seated position can cause cumulative physical stress to spinal discs, which over time, lead to a bulging disc.

If left uncorrected, a bulging disc will progressively get worse and lead to degenerative disc disease. This is a condition where the structure of the spinal disc becomes permanently damaged, losing disc height and causing a permanent pressure on spinal nerves. Besides pain, numbness and tingling, degenerative disc disease is serious because it can also cause paralysis and permanent disability. Once the disc has become significantly damaged, spinal surgery may be the only treatment option available.

Don't wait until it's too late! Chiropractic care can help restore the health of your bulging discs, reduce your dependency on medications and avoid spinal surgery.


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