What is a Bulging Disc and How can it be Treated.

What is a Disc?

The concentric rings made from cartilage and other materials that are located between your vertebrae are known as discs. These discs provide a cushion between the vertebrae, preventing them from grinding against one another while your spine is moving.

What is a Bulging Disc?

You’re informed you have a bulging disc but don’t quite understand what this means to you and your health. Bulging discs means that a portion of one of your discs is protruding past the outer edge of the vertebra. When this happens, the likelihood of the disc pressing on a nerve or other tissue increases. Bulging discs are common, and while they often remain asymptomatic, they do have the potential to cause debilitating pain in some cases.

A bulging disc can be caused by sports injuries or other trauma such as a car accident or slip and fall. The normal aging process can also cause a bulging disc, because the outer portion of your discs can become weaker over time. When the disc becomes weak the pressure from the center of a disc stretches to the outer perimeter, resulting in a bulging disc.

What Are the Symptoms?

Symptoms of a bulging disc begin when the disc puts pressure on nerves in your spine. Almost 90% of bulging discs occur in the lumbar region of the back. In certain cases, pain can radiate from that area to your hips, buttocks, legs and even down to your feet. If you happen to have a bulging disc in your cervical spine, you may notice pain radiating down into your arms and fingers. In a worst-case scenario, a bulging disc can cause severe pain that almost limits mobility completely.

Chiropractic Treatment and Bulging Discs

Chiropractic treatment for a bulging disc may include gentle spinal adjustment at the site of the problem, and exercises. Each patient is treated as an individual and treatment plans are customized for maximum effectiveness. ProSpine Orlando chiropractors have very good results when treating this type of problem.

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