A spinal disc refers to the structure that cushions the spine’s vertebrae. Its primary function is to allow flexible and pain-free motion when walking, running, jumping, and lifting. A disc can bulge, compress a nearby nerve, and generate varying amounts of pain and discomfort. Fortunately, there are non-invasive chiropractic treatment options to help reduce or eliminate the symptoms created by a bulging disc. Our chiropractors at Sorell-Iversen Chiropractic Clinic in Manhattan, KS can diagnose and treat a variety of conditions, including bulging discs.
Symptoms of a Bulging Disc
When a spinal disc bulges, it protrudes outward beyond its normal boundaries. It may be caused by disc degeneration or injury. The disc’s outer layer stretches/weakens, which is what causes the disc to bulge. A bulging disc is often an early sign or a precursor to a herniated disc – the only difference is that the disc’s outer layer is still intact with a bulging disc.
A bulging disc may or may not cause discomfort or other symptoms – although the symptoms will likely vary depending on the bulging disc’s location and proximity to nerves. Some common symptoms associated with a bulging disc include:
- Pain in and around the neck and back
- Muscle weakness
- Pain that radiates down nerve pathways
- Changes to reflex responses
How Does a Herniated Disc Differ?
When you have a herniated disc, the spinal disc breaks through the weakened or torn outer layer of the disc – actually extruding into your spinal canal.
Bulging Disc Treatment Options
A chiropractor offers these noninvasive treatment options –
Spinal Manipulation & Spinal Decompression
Chiropractors often perform spinal decompression, manipulations, or adjustments to the spine that help realign the vertebrae and reduce pressure on nearby nerves that may happen from disc degeneration. These adjustments also help optimize your nervous system’s functioning.
Electrical Stimulation Therapy
E-stim has the potential to alleviate pain and relax affected muscles.
Soft Tissue Manipulation
Chiropractors typically provide soft tissue therapies – like massage therapy, as this helps promote muscle relaxation in the areas surrounding the bulging disc.
Exercise can help strengthen the supportive muscles and even improve overall posture. This can help manage the symptoms as well as prevent future occurrences.
Chiropractors are often well-versed in various lifestyle modifications that can help improve existing pain. These may include –
- Proper ergonomics
- Proper lifting
- Nutritional support, and more
Contact Sorell-Iversen Chiropractic Clinic for Relief from Bulging Disc Symptoms
Do you or someone you know/love in the greater Manhattan, KS area need relief from the symptoms of a bulging disc? Are you looking for a chiropractor near you? Contact a member of Sorell-Iversen Chiropractic Clinic’s team at 785-776-7568 or online.