The concentric rings made from cartilage and other materials that are located between your vertebrae are known as discs.
These discs provide protection between the vertebrae, which prohibits the discs from rubbing against one another while the spine is in motion.
This protective layer of cartilage or disc located in the spine can bulge, which can cause a series of problems. Our Lithia Springs chiropractic clinic has experienced chiropractors who can help to correct and treat this condition.
What is a Bulging Disc?
Fortunately, in many cases, a bulging disc will present with no symptoms; however, pain can present if left untreated. A bulging disc occurs when a portion of your intervertebral disc begins to protrude outside the outer area of the vertebra, and this can lead to added pressure on a nerve or tissues.
The cause of bulging discs ranges from the natural aging process to an injury or a car accident. With aging, the discs in the spine tend to become weaker if not cared for adequately and can lead to discomfort. When pressure from the center of a disc stretches to the outer perimeter, a bulging disc may be the result.
As the disc begins to enter the outer area of the vertebra, added pressure can be felt on the tissues and nerves, which is usually the first sign there is a problem. More often than not, the bulging disc is located in the lumbar area of the spine. When the pressure occurs on the nerve, pain can be felt from the lumbar area to the feet. If the disc is bulging in the cervical region, the pain will often radiate from the neck into the arms and fingers. Not as common, however, in some cases, a bulging disc may hinder mobility entirely.
Safe Approach To Treating Bulging Discs
As each patient is different, the treatment plans will almost always be individualized to maximize success. Spinal adjustments and in-home exercises are often the best remedies as they are natural and non-invasive. Multiple visits are highly suggested to ensure a successful recovery.