Bulging disc treatment is necessary when your intervertebral discs- the fibrous, gel-filled shock absorbers that line and cushion the spine- get out of place and begin to protrude.
What is a protruding disc?
A bulging or protruding disc occurs as a result of injury (or chronic poor posture). Healthy discs sit in-line in the spine. When sudden injuries jerks the body out of alignment, the discs can become dislodged or compressed causing the fibrous material encasing each disc to thin and bulge, usually laterally or to the side. As the material of your disc slips out of place, it protrudes.
Are protruding discs painful?
Bulging discs do not always cause pain, but this doesn’t mean they should be left alone. If left untreated, a herniated disc’s fibrous shell can crack and seep out some of its jelly-like fluid, causing the protrusion to worsen, press harder on the nerves, and cause much more significant pain.
How do I treat a bulging disc?
Several options are available for treating bulging discs. We offer these specific services at BackFit Health + Spine:
- Chiropractic care: When you see a chiropractor for bulging disc, you will receive light spinal realignments that relieve disc pressure and pinched nerves.
- Non-surgical spinal decompression: You can rehabilitate the spine by using targeted traction to reshape the bulging or herniated discs.
- Massage therapy: Manual manipulation can relieve pain from muscle tightness caused by the protruding discs and create a softer space for the spine to heal.
- Physical therapy: PT for herniated discs focuses on strengthening your core to keep the spine from overcompensating when it is injured.
If you think you might be suffering from a bulging disc or know someone that is, give us a call at 877-BACKFIT or make an appointment online.
Our experienced chiropractors will assess your condition, determine the necessary remedy and work with you to get you back on your feet in a healthy, optimal life.