Slipped or Bulging Disc
Could your neck or back pain be the result of a slipped or bulging disc?
You have probably heard of the term “slipped disc,” referring to a serious back injury. What you may not know is that this term is used to describe two different back issues, a bulging disc and a herniated disc. Discs are the spongy areas that provide the cushion between the vertebrae that make up your spine. A bulging disc is one that is injured in some way but still intact; if left untreated, it could become herniated or ruptured, which is a more serious condition.
The area where you’re feeling pain helps point to the source of the problem. An inflamed disc in the neck area may result in neck or arm pain, while an affected disc in the lower spine may result in lower-back pain or even pain that runs down the length of your leg. A bulging disc in your lower back can irritate the sciatic nerve and cause discomfort, tingling, numbness, or a burning sensation through the nerve extensions of your lower back and body.
If this describes the type of discomfort you’re feeling, ask your HealthSource chiropractor for a vertebrae screening. Our chiropractic care team will assess your condition and provide potential treatments to relieve your pain and prevent future damage to the disc. Often, a simple adjustment can unlock your stiffened spine and relieve pressure from the disc so it can heal.
Don’t let a bulging disc keep you from being active. Visit your local HealthSource and get back to feeling like your healthy self.
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