A disc injury to the lumbar or cervical spine can make it difficult to complete daily tasks. Luckily, chiropractic care is an excellent option to help relieve pain and heal a bulging disc injury. If you are looking for an effective and non-invasive treatment for your pain, come visit our chiropractor at Fairway Chiropractic Centre in Kitchener. Our doctor can help you get back on your feet without the pain in your life.
What is a Bulging Disc?
While a bulging disc is similar to a herniated disc, there is a difference between the two. A herniated disc occurs when the gel-like substance in the donut-shaped disc ruptures out. A bulging disc happens when the disc simply swells out of place. The cause of a bulging disc is due to age because when we age, our discs begin to degenerate. The pain associated with this condition can become serious when it bulges too much in the spinal canal. Seeing a chiropractor early on can prevent it from bulging out more.
What Are Some Common Symptoms?
If the bulging disc compresses on a nerve, you may feel pain, muscle weakness, and numbness. Some people can feel pain coming from the kidneys, abdomen, or the heart. If the disc bulges in your thoracic spine, you can experience the following symptoms:
- Bladder or bowel changes
- Immobility from the waist down
- Muscle weakness
If a bulging disc is from your cervical spine, you may feel the following:
- Moving the neck triggers pain
- Sharp pain around or over the shoulder blade
- Pain can emit to the fingers, forearm, and upper arm
Can a Chiropractor Help?
A chiropractor is an excellent choice to treat a bulging disc injury in a safe, non-invasive way. Chiropractic medicine is focused on restoring balance to the body by keeping the spine in alignment. If the spine is not properly aligned, undue pressure can build up and press into the soft tissues surrounding the spine, including discs. When this happens, a bulging disc is not free to heal naturally. Our chiropractor offers several techniques to help restore balance to the spine including spinal adjustments, physical therapy, and stretching and strengthening exercises.