How do bulging discs occur?
Bulging discs are actually very common. Many people have them and don’t even realize that they do, because they don’t always cause any pain or discomfort. You will notice pain if the bulging disc is compressing a nerve root.
Your discs become weaker with age, and sometimes the pressure from a disc’s center can stretch to the disc’s rim and cause it to bulge. If this is occurring in your cervical spine, you can experience pain in your neck and down your arms and fingers. If it is occurring in your lower back, you will feel pain in your lower back, hips, buttocks, or down your legs and feet.
Which treatments are used for bulging discs?
While a bulging disc may be uncomfortable, it is often not painful. If you experience pain, it is usually due to the disc sitting on a nerve or on an area of the spine. With the help of pain medication, anti-inflammatory medication, chiropractic adjustments, and non-invasive spinal decompression therapy, you can experience pain relief and also heal your bulging disc.
Through chiropractic adjustments, your doctor can help to move the bulging disc out of the area that it is affecting. If your bulging disc problem is recurring, not responding to non-invasive methods, or is causing debilitating pain, there are also surgical procedures that are used to help relocate the disc. These are used as a last resort. Your spine pain doctor will discuss all of your options for bulging disc treatments when you contact our office.