One of the best treatments for a disc bulge or disc herniation is to undergo a chiropractic treatment to help not only reduce the pain and discomfort, but to correct your discs from further damage. In this article, we will go over what is disc bulge, what is disc herniation, symptoms you need to watch out for and why chiropractic treatment is a highly recommended option by going over what we look for and how we correct the issue.
What is Disc Bulge?
A disc bulge could happen as part of the natural aging process and the degeneration process of the intervertebral disc. This intervertebral disc lies between adjacent vertebrae in the vertebral column and forms a fibrocartilaginous joint to slow slight movement of the vertebrae and helps hold the vertebrae together.
As your intervertebral disc starts to degenerate, your shock absorption between each of your vertebrae in the spinal column gets run down – which may cause you pain and discomfort. In addition, a disc bulge does not always affect the entire perimeter but does affect at least a quarter, if not half, and only the outer layer of cartilage is involved.
If a disc bulge is left without correction, the condition will progress and symptoms will worsen over time and could lead to permanent nerve damage. In much rarer cases, a disc bulge can cut off your body’s communication with nerve impulses that could affect your control over bowel or bladder functions.
What are Symptoms of a Disc Bulge?
There are a number of symptoms to watch out for to see if you do have a disc bulge. These disc bulge symptoms include the following: If a patient has a disc bulge in the cervical area, symptoms may include tingling or pain in the fingers, hands, arms, neck or shoulders. If a patient has a disc bulge in the lumbar area, these disc bulge symptoms may include pain in the feet, thighs, lower spine or buttocks along with difficulty walking.
What is Disc Herniation?
A disc herniation is when the outer layer of this cartilage is cracked and through this opening it creates, leaks through some of the softer inner cartilage. When a disc herniation occurs, it can compress the nerves or cause a painful inflammation of the nerve roots making it much more likely to cause pain than a disc bulge.
A disc herniation can occur weeks or months after a bulging disc, so once you believe you may have symptoms of a disc bulge it is best to get checked and have it corrected right away.
What are Symptoms of a Disc Herniation?
Disc herniation symptoms include the following: If your herniated disc is in the cervical area, the pain will typically be the most intense in your shoulder and arm.
This type of pain may shoot into these areas after a cough, sneeze or as you move your spine in certain positions. If your herniated disc is in the lumbar region of the spine, you will typically feel intense pain in your buttocks, thigh and calf. This pain may also take place in part of your foot.
Numbness and tingling can be experienced as well with other disc herniation symptoms. If muscle nerves are affected, these are weakened and may cause you to stumble or impair your ability to hold or lift items.
If you feel any pain from your neck or back making its way down to the arm or leg, or if you feel numbness, tingling or weakness, you should see a chiropractor immediately so it can be corrected right away before it gets worse.
A disc herniation can be cured naturally with adjustments, but if left untreated for far too long it can lead you to an invasive surgery. In some more extreme cases, an untreated disc herniation can permanently damage your body and lead to paralysis or physical inability.
Multilevel Disc Bulge and Multilevel Disc Herniation
One disc bulge or disc herniation could have or lead to another. When multiple disc bulges appear, this is called a multilevel disc bulge.
The same goes for multiple disc herniations; this is called a multilevel disc herniation. Sometimes a disc bulge or herniation can happen one after another, but there are cases of multiple discs being affected at the same time.
To avoid permanent damage from a multilevel disc bulge and a multilevel disc herniation, it is best to get the affected disc, or discs, corrected right away.
It is important to keep in mind that although disc bulges and disc herniations have a number of symptoms, there are cases of many people who do not notice any until the disc bulge or disc herniation becomes more severe. If you have a bulging disc or a disc herniation, an all-natural treatment should come first.
Chiropractic treatments allow your body the chance to heal these discs on its own and if your body can do the healing after chiropractic adjustments correct them, there will be no need to undergo any surgery.
A disc bulge chiropractic treatment has a chance of eliminating your disc bulge symptoms. In a disc bulge chiropractic treatment, the adjustments improve your body’s healing functions and give it the chance to get rid of the disc bulge all by itself.
The same could be said for a disc herniation chiropractic treatment. It will work the same way as the disc bulge chiropractic treatment when it comes to the adjustments improving your body’s healing functions, but the adjustments and the amount needed may be more complex in a disc herniation chiropractic treatment. Both treatments, whether you have a disc bulge or a disc herniation, are safe and will cause you no further pain.
Chiropractors will look at the entire spine to see which sections of the spine could cause damage to your body’s system. If a disc is out of place, they will be able to find it immediately and manipulate the area to help correct it. During an examination, chiropractors will determine if there is a joint dysfunction or a restriction in the body that is adding stress and strain onto the discs.
For the treatment, an adjustment, or a few, will take place to ensure the vertebrae stays in the correct position and does not agitate the nerves. The chiropractor will examine your discs and come up with a treatment plan that is best for your current condition.
These chiropractic adjustments will help relieve your symptoms and allow the body to continue functioning as it should. Once the body can function normally, the body will begin to heal. This treatment is an all-natural and very effective way for healing a disc bulge and disc herniation.