Spinal Disc Problems

Causes & Symptoms of Bulging Discsspinal column model

Our chiropractors in Fullerton treat a lot of patients who are suffering from bulging discs. A bulging disc is a common injury that occurs in the intervertebral disc of your spine. It could happen in your lower back (lumbar spine), mid and upper back (thoracic spine) or your neck (cervical spine).

This bulge or protrusion can cause the surrounding nerve roots to be pressured. This could result in radiating pain down the back or other parts of the body based on where the bulging disc is located. A bulging disc is commonly called a protruding disc or a slipped disc.

A bulging disc is typically caused by an unexpected intensification of pressure through the disc, which causes the tearing of annulus fibers. It could also result from pre-existing feebleness in the annulus.

When sitting, lifting, coughing, sneezing or forward bending aggravates your back pain, a bulging disc injury could be the cause.

Causes & Symptoms of Herniated Discs

A herniated disc occurs when there is a problem with one of the discs between the vertebrae (individual bones) in your spine. Typically, herniated discs happen in your lumbar spine, even though they could also occur in your cervical spine.

A herniated disc could lead to localized pain should the tear affect the small nerves found in the top layers of the outside wall of the damaged disc. In addition, a range of uncomfortable symptoms could result if the escaped nucleus pulposus or disc wall applies pressure on a spinal nerve root or on the spinal cord. For example, a number of individuals experience back or neck pain, walking difficulties, numbness, muscle weakness or radiating pain that travels through a leg or an arm.

When a disc becomes herniated the contents could spread to the spinal nerves and the spinal cord. There is little space for the disc material to go; therefore, it may go into the space occupied by the nerve roots and spinal canal.

Some individuals with herniated discs do not experience any symptom, while there are others who experience intense pain. Typically, the severity of the symptoms depends on the size of the herniated disc and its location.

There are a number of treatment options available for individuals who experience pain from bulging discs and herniated discs. Our Fullerton chiropractors will evaluate you to see what the best course of treatment for your situation will be.

Chiropractic Care

A chiropractor can assist in addressing back pain and other symptoms of bulging disc and herniated disc. At the first consultation, we will typically discuss your medical history, conduct a physical examination and carry out neurological and orthopedic tests. Additionally, the chiropractor will carefully observe your posture and, if necessary, may order an MRI or X-ray for diagnostic purposes.

This nonsurgical treatment option used to treat bulging discs and herniated discs is effective, safe and long lasting. This will help with improved mobility, less pain and an overall better quality of life.

Through concentrated chiropractic adjustments, gentle, low-force techniques will be used by your chiropractor to alleviate the painful symptoms of these conditions. This can be achieved through the manipulation of your spine around the affected disc.

Other types of treatments may be used depending on your particular condition and other matters that could be intensifying your problem. The treatment plan will be personalized and geared towards relieving your pain and finding solutions for your specific needs. However, it may also include therapeutic exercises and manual therapy.

If you believe that you may be suffering from a bulging or herniated disc, call OC Upper Cervical to book a consultation today (714) 986-9767.