How We Treat Bulging Discs
Pain, numbness, and tingling are frightening symptoms that commonly accompany a bulging disc. This injury is typically more common as people age, and can greatly impact a person's day to day activities. Seeking chiropractic care is an excellent, non-invasive treatment option for bulging discs. Below, we take a closer look at what a bulging disc is and how our staff at Cornerstone Chiropractic in Hiram, GA, treats this injury.
What is a bulging disc?
A bulging disc can also be referred to as a herniated disc. The spine is composed of several small bones, called vertebra. Between each individual vertebra is a disc. The discs are shaped like a donut and filled with a soft, gel-like substance. The gel-filled discs work as shock absorbers within the spine, cushioning a person's movements. Sometimes though, these discs can rupture allowing some gel to escape. When this happens, the injury is diagnosed as a bulging disc. Most commonly, bulging discs occur with age as the exterior walls of the disc become brittle and prone to fracture. Occasionally, discs can rupture as a result of direct impact.
What are the symptoms?
When a person has a bulging disc, the most common symptom is pain. The pain can range from a dull ache to a stabbing, sharp pain depending on the severity and location of the rupture. Another common symptom of a bulging disc is numbness and tingling. If the bulging disc occurs in the upper spine or neck, a person typically experiences numbness in the shoulders, arms, and hands. For bulging discs in the lower back, a person will experience numbness and tingling in the buttocks, legs, and feet. People also commonly report feeling more clumsy than normal, regularly dropping items or tripping.
Can a chiropractor help?
Going to a chiropractor for a bulging disc injury is an excellent option for a non-invasive evaluation and treatment plan. A chiropractor treats the spine and works to regain balance to the body. Sometimes when the spine is out of alignment unnecessary stress and pressure is applied to parts of the body incorrectly. Often, the pressure is put on the bulging disc, preventing it to properly heal. A chiropractor has several treatment tools at his or her disposal, including manual manipulation, stretching and strengthening techniques, and physical therapy to help treat the injury. Depending on your individual needs a chiropractor may prescribe one, or several, treatment options to heal your injury.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
Our Cornerstone Chiropractic team care about keeping you healthy. If you are suffering from a bulging disc, chiropractic care is an excellent, non-invasive treatment option. Our office is centrally located at 5886 Wendy Bagwell Pkwy #301 Ste 301, Hiram, GA 30141. If you have questions about your injury, would like to learn more about our services, or want to schedule an appointment, please call us today at (770) 439-7765.