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Chiropractor Talks About Bulging Disc

Between your vertebrae, discs are the concentric rings composed of cartilage and other materials. These discs serve as cushions between the vertebrae by keeping them from grinding together as your spine shifts. Chiropractors in Murfreesboro have successfully treated this form of issue, and this article will provide illumination on it.

What Is A Bulging Disc?

Spinal Disc Bulges, also known as slipped-disc, disc protrusions, herniation, or prolapses, can appear at any spinal level throughout the body. It is considered an expansion or movement of the intervertebral disc (IVD) from its established limits that might cause discomfort and invade adjacent neurological structures within the spinal column. Not every disc bulge or protrusion is accompanied by back or neck discomfort. Some people may experience only extremity pain, such as in the leg or arm, rather than general back or neck discomfort.

Sports injuries or other trauma, such as a heavy fall or a vehicle accident, might result in a bulging disc. Furthermore, a bulging disc can be caused by normal aging, as the outer portion of your discs weakens with time. A bulging disc can also occur when pressure from the center of a disc spreads to the outer area.

Bulging Disc vs. Herniated Disc: Understand the differences

When the disc between two adjacent vertebrae pushes into the spinal canal, it causes a bulging disc. The bulging disc protrudes from the confines of the disc without fracturing. When a disc ruptures, it is known as a herniated disk.

When a herniated disc causes pressure placed on nerve roots alongside the spinal cord, more significant nerve tissue compression around it, a bulging disc affects a wider disc region than a herniated disc, and pain might grow with time.

A herniated disc occurs when the outer layer of the disc, known as the annulus, fractures. A little section of the disc is afflicted, and the soft nucleus pulposus material protrudes from it. This is more painful than a bulging disc, where the nucleus pulposus material does not protrude.

What Are The Symptoms of Bulging discs?

When a bulging disc exerts pressure on nerves in your spine, it causes symptoms. The lumbar area of the back is home to over 90% of bulging discs. Pain can radiate from that place to your hips, buttocks, legs, and down to your feet in some circumstances.

If you have a bulging disc in your cervical spine, you may have pain that radiates from your neck down your arms and fingers. In the worst-case situation, a bulging disc can cause excruciating discomfort and severely restrict mobility.

Chiropractic Treatment In Murfreesboro for Bulging discs

Revolution Chiropractic Murfreesboro’s chiropractors are well-trained and educated in all aspects of treating and managing spinal disc bulges. The Chiropractors undertake a comprehensive medical history, physical examination, orthopaedic evaluation, and neurological examination when patients come for an initial consultation in the clinic. Patients who have experienced a disc injury, which has not yet been diagnosed, are referred for spinal imaging.

An MRI scan is the most precise and detailed imaging for disc injury. Unlike x-rays, which may find areas of progressive degeneration in the spinal joint spaces, MRI scans identify direct injuries to the spinal discs.

In the event of discogenic pain, your chiropractor will apply low-force techniques to gently cure your suffering by manipulating your spine around and at the bulging disc. Depending on your specific condition and other concerns that may be exacerbating it, they may employ various sorts of therapies.

About The Author
Dr. Oscar Noriega DC
Dr. Oscar Noriega, DC, is a trusted chiropractor who has been practicing for over ten years at Revolution Chiropractic Murfreesboro. He holds a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University. Dr. Noriega is also a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and the Tennessee Chiropractic Association. He resides in Murfreesboro with his wife and two children.