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Bulging Discs

June 15, 20242 min read

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. Chiropractors have very good results when treating this type of problem and this article will help to shed some light on the problem.

WHAT IS A BULGING DISC?

If you receive a diagnosis of a bulging disc, it means that a portion of one of your intervertebral 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 bad fall or car accident. Regular aging can also cause a bulging disc because the outer portion of your discs can become weaker over time. When pressure from the center of a disc stretches to the outer perimeter, a bulging disc may be the result.

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 down to your feet. If you happen to have a bulging disc in your cervical spine, you may notice pain radiating downward from your neck through your arms and to your fingers. In a worst-case scenario, a bulging disc can cause severe pain that almost limits mobility completely.

BULGING DISC CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT

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. Usually, several sessions are required to ensure the disc is successfully improved back to where it needs to be and that the patient is making steady progress.

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If you have any further questions please feel free to contact our Anderson Township, OH team today at Bliss Chiropractic and Acupuncture.

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Dr. Erik Bliss D.C., CCSP, FASA

Dr. Erik Bliss is not just a chiropractor; he's a wellness enthusiast on a mission to empower individuals to live their healthiest lives. With over two decades of experience in chiropractic care, nutrition, and holistic therapies, he's dedicated to sharing his wealth of knowledge to inspire and inform others. As a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician and a leading expert in gentle treatments, Dr. Bliss brings a unique perspective to health and wellness. His passion for research and commitment to community well-being have made him a sought-after speaker in schools, businesses, and community groups. When he's not helping his patients or conducting research, you'll find Dr. Bliss exploring the great outdoors with his family, indulging in his favorite sports, or actively participating in his local church. Through his blog contributions, he hopes to make the journey to optimal health a bit more accessible for everyone, one insightful article at a time. Join him on a wellness adventure filled with knowledge, inspiration, and a dose of bliss.

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