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What is a disc?
There are 23 spinal discs. These discs make space between our spinal bones and give flexibility to the spine. A disc is made up of an inner core of nucleus pulposus, which is gel-like. The outer portion of the disc is called annulus fibrosus and is made up of tough fibers. The outer layer helps contain the inner core. A bulging disc can occur in any of the spinal discs along the spine. A disc bulge can commonly be confused as a disc herniation. A bulging disc is a disc that bulges outside of its normally occupied space between the spinal bones. A spinal bulge can be quite painful or have no symptoms at all. Common symptoms of a spinal bulge are localized pain to the area, tingling, numbness, and weakness. Common causes of a bulging disc are age, injury, lifestyle choices, posture, muscle imbalances, and genetics. After an exam and proper diagnostic imaging, chiropractic care can be a safe and effective treatment for disc bulges at any region of the spine.
Bulging disc treatment options
Typically a multidisciplinary approach is taken for the treatment of the disc bulges or herniated discs. Initially, a full examination is performed to verify the cause of the pain and confirm the diagnosis. Proper diagnostic imaging such as an x-ray may be ordered to rule out other factors. A will be a customized plan of chiropractic adjustments, specific exercises and stretches will be formulated. Chiropractic adjustments usually resolve the issue, but if the expected results from the adjustments are not accomplished a referral to our medical doctors may be necessary to assist in the treatment.
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