Bulging Disc Chiropractor in Wheat Ridge CO

BULGING DISC TREATMENT IN Wheat Ridge

A bulging disc (often called a slipped disc), is not as severe of any injury as a herniated disc. The vertebrae in your spine are cushioned by intervertebral discs which act as spacers and allow your nerves to pass between the bones in your spine and travel to the rest of your body. Intervertebral discs are made up of two parts, a tough outer layer called the annulus fibrosus (annulus) and a jelly-like center called the nucleus pulposus (nucleus). A bulged disc occurs when pressure causes the nucleus to bulge past its normal boundary created by the annulus and it can result in pinching or nerves or compression of the spinal cord. If the nerves are pinched or the spinal cord is compressed you can feel radiating pain up or down your neck and back as well as into your arms or legs depending on which nerve is pinched or injured. Chiropractic care is the gold standard for treating bulging or herniated discs. Our Wheat Ridge chiropractor practices the Gonstead method which is specialized in treating disc bulges and herniations without surgery or corticosteroid injections.

Poor posture

Poor posture

Chiropractic adjustments

Chiropractic adjustments

Poor ergonomics

Poor ergonomics

soft tissue therapy

Soft tissue therapy

Injury

Injury

therapeutic exercise

Therapeutic Exercise

Bulging-disc

Our Chiropractor Can Help with Bulging Disc Pain Relief

There are many thing that can place enough stress on intervertebral disc to cause them to bulge and place pressure on nerves that require treatment from our chiropractor:

Poor posture

Poor posture

Slouching, leaning or hunching your back for a prolonged amount of time can cause vertebrae to sprain out of alignment. Over time these long-term sprains can cause the affected disc to bulge.

Poor ergonomics

Poor ergonomics

Poor ergonomics while working on a computer or mobile device, lifting heavy objects and working out with poor form can cause spinal joints to sprain out of alignment and cause discs to bulge or herniate.

Poor Posture

Spinal Decompression

The Disc Chiropractic offers Triton DTS Spinal Decompression table may help you avoid surgery. Spinal decompression tables increase the space between your vertebrae to help take the pressure off bulging and herniated discs to help heal pinched nerves in your back or neck.

Injury

Injury

Sudden impacts from car accidents, sport collisions and slip & fall injuries can result in vertebrae spraining out of alignment, causing discs to bulge painfully onto the nerves.

Many people do not feel pain caused by bulging discs initially but over time bulging discs will worsen if left untreated. Wheat Ridge chiropractor, Dr. Al Simeone can diagnose your condition and offer treatment options for natural relief and healing of bulging discs.
Chiropractic

Chiropractic adjustments

Our Wheat Ridge chiropractor’s precise spinal adjustments realign the vertebrae to alleviate pressure on discs, providing you with natural pain relief.
soft tissue therapy

Soft tissue therapy

Soft tissue therapy is important for faster soft tissue healing and repair. The soft tissues supporting your spine help to maintain proper posture and prevent bulging disc pain.

therapeutic exercise

Therapeutic Exercise

Dr. Al Simeone will recommend and teach your how to prevent future disc injuries using therapeutic exercises to reinforce core strength and flexibility.

It is important to have your spine checked by our chiropractor Dr. Al Simeone because bulging discs may not cause pain initially. Just like regular dental checkups, regular chiropractic checkups will help you monitor, prevent and correct problems with your spine before they cause you pain and lead to arthritis.

More about Protruding Disc Problems

Bulged discs may also be referred to as a protruding disc. When the disc is healthy, the tough annulus fibrosus should be even with the bottom and top of the vertebrae it sits between. This allows the disc to act as a spacer between the bones so your nerves can pass between then and trave throughout your body. The Annulus creates a healthy boundary for the jelly-like nucleus.

The annulus can be damaged or weakened by subluxations, injuries and other conditions. If the outer annulus becomes weakened it will allow the nucleus to bulge or protrude through the annulus. With a bulged or protruding disc the annulus is still fully intact so you may not feel any pain if the bulge or protrusion is mild. If the disc bulge or protrusion is moderate or severe it can pinch your nerves causing radiating pain, numbness or tingling in areas of the body that are affected by those nerves.

The good news is that bulging or protruding discs respond very well to chiropractic care. It is wise to treat spinal disc injuries like a bulged disc with chiropractic care because treatment will prevent further damage. If left untreated, a bulged disc can get worse, tearing through the annulus and allowing the jelly-like nucleus to push outside the disc itself. When that happens, a bulging disc becomes a herniated disc which causes more severe pain and required more intensive treatment to correct and heal.

FAQ for Bulging Disc

What is a bulging disc?

The spinal disc is made up of two parts. A central nucleus composed of water and collagen that has a jelly-like consistency and an outer ring called the annulus fibrosus made of a tough fibrocartilage. A bulging disc occurs when there is damage to the annulus fibrosus and the central nucleus causes a bulge in the damaged annulus fibrosus. When this occurs it commonly irritates the nerve or spinal cord.

What causes a bulging disc?

There are many things that can cause a bulging disc. Some of the more common are: lifting and twisting, car accidents, sporting injuries, repetitive motions & overuse. Bulging discs can occur at any spinal joint that has a disc.

What do bulging discs feel like?

Bulging discs can cause lower back pain, pain that travels into an arm or leg (sciatica), muscle weakness, numbness or tingling that travels into your upper or lower extremities.

How does a doctor diagnose a bulging disc?

Doctors of chiropractic are the experts at diagnosing spinal injuries including bulging discs. Our chiropractor will perform a thorough examination and if further diagnostic imaging is warranted they will recommend the proper imaging to diagnose the cause of your pain.

How do bulging discs heal?

Conservative treatment is always recommended to treat herniated or building discs. At our office we treat herniated discs with chiropractic care, therapeutic exercises, soft tissue therapy and ergonomic recommendations. There are 4 cases when surgery is necessary: continued symptoms despine non-surgical treatment, intractable (unbearable) pain, progressive strength loss, cauda equina syndrome.

How does chiropractic care treat the pain of bulging or herniated discs?

Chiropractors use spinal adjustments to correct your spinal alignment. This allows the bulging or herniated disc to move back within the center of the spinal disc, where it is supposed to be. Our chiropractors also offer therapeutic exercises, soft tissue therapy and ergonomic recommendations to help you achieve long-term results.

When does a bulging disc require surgery?

Surgery is not recommended for bulging discs unless it results in one of the following situations.. If you have: continued symptoms despite nonsurgical treatments, Intractable (unbearable) pain, progressive strength loss or cauda equina syndrome.
Schedule an appointment for a spinal exam or for treatment to relieve pain.