Bulging disc treatment is necessary when patients’ 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 chronic poor posture or injury. Healthy discs sit in line the spine’s vertebrae. When sudden injury jerks the body out of alignment, the discs become dislodged or compressed, causing the fibrous material encasing each disc to thin and bulge, usually laterally. As the material slips out, it protrudes, hence its protruding disc name.
Bulging discs do not always cause pain, but this doesn’t mean they should be left alone. If left untreated, the 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 significant pain.
How do I treat a bulging disc?
Several options are available for treating bulging discs; these the five we offer at BackFit Health + Spine:
- Chiropractic care. When you see a chiropractor for bulging disc, you will receive spinal realignments that relieve disc pressure and pinched nerves.
- Non-surgical spinal decompression. Rehabilitate the spine by using targeted traction to reshape the bulging or herniated discs.
- Massage therapy. Massage therapy can relieve pain from muscle tightness caused by the protruding discs and create a softer space for the spine to heal.
- Physical therapy. Physical therapy for herniated discs focuses on strengthening the core to keep the spine from overcompensating when it is injured.
If you are suffering from a bulging disc, come into BackFit Spine + Health. 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.