Bulging Disc Treatments in Garden City, MI
The spine is composed of vertebrae, and between each is a disc that acts as a cushion, providing shock absorption, protecting the spinal cord and connecting the vertebral bones.
Bulging discs, also known as disc protrusion, are when the discs slip out of place or bulge. Discs are composed of an outer and inner layer, and as we age, the outer fibrous portion can weaken. The kind of stress on the back or neck caused by activities such as heavy lifting can cause damage to the outer layer. If left untreated, the disc can bulge until it tears completely, which is known as a herniated disc, and it can press on an adjacent nerve or the spinal cord.
Bulging discs don’t always have accompanying symptoms. If the disc isn’t pressing on a nerve, we might go about our day unaware. When the bulging disc does press on a nerve – or cause what’s called a pinched nerve – it can cause tingling, pain and numbness that travels either down through the hips, buttocks, leg and feet, or if the damaged disc is in the neck, the pain can radiate through the shoulders, down the arm, and into the fingers.
The symptoms of a bulging disc can intensify when the spine is out of position. Symptoms include a generalized weakness and decreased strength in the affected hands or feet.
About 90 percent of bulging discs occur in the lower back and can cause pain in the sciatic nerve that radiates down the leg.
Bulging disc treatment begins with conservative interventions before surgical options are considered. Your chiropractor will encourage light movement and bed rest – both important elements in healing. Bulging disc treatment will include designing exercises to encourage healing. Your chiropractor will use spinal manipulation in the management of bulging discs.