What is Bulging Disc Pain?
Before seeing a Chiropractor for bulging disc nerve pain, here's all you need to know about this common condition.
Pain from a disc bulge starts from your lower back. Some patients also have pain in their legs, particularly the feet and toes.
Your spine is made up of 24 smaller bones. Between every 2 bones, there is a disc.
Bones are hard and rigid, while discs are more gel-like and flexible. Spinal discs are cushions to stop your spinal bones from grinding each other.
Spinal discs are quite robust. However, they can cause pain after a disc injury or from wear & tear.
Many bulging disc patients report:
- pain while coughing, sneezing or laughing.
- pain in the toilet (number #2).
- numbness in the legs.
- pins and needles, tingling in the feet.
- leaning to one side (to avoid the pain).
What Causes Bulging Disc Symptoms?
The most common bulging disc cause is from wear & tear. For example, patients with a slouched posture or poor sleeping habits tend to have more wear & tear in their spine.
Over time, the softer, more malleable spinal discs are compressed under the weight of your bones. Hence, this causes a disc bulge.
As a result, your nerves are also compressed and this causes the lower back pain.
If your bulging disc is mild, you might only feel some tingling or pins & needles down your leg. However, there may be a sharp, shooting pain down your leg if it's severe.
These are several examples of a bulging disc cause:
- Bending down to pick something up.
- Lifting something heavy.
- Road accidents.
Disc Bulge vs Slipped Disc
While seeing your Chiropractor for bulging disc, you'll realise this condition has multiple names.
Common terminology for bulging disc:
- slipped disc.
- herniated disc, disc hernia, disc herniation.
- disc protrusion.
Bear in mind, they all refer to this same group of condition. So, if you hear your Adelaide Chiropractor using them, it refers to your bulging disc.
Chiropractor for Bulging Disc
Bulging disc treatment using Chiropractic is a great way to fix your pain. Chiropractic treatment is hands-on, so you don't have to do a long list of exercises every single day.
Dr Kelvin Chew is experienced with bulging disc patients. Chiropractic addresses the underlying source of pain, all without drugs or surgery.
At You Chiropractic, our disc bulge patients first have an initial assessment. After that, your Chiropractor Adelaide will assess your lower back to determine the root cause.
Next, you'll get x-rays of your low back which will help with fixing your subluxations.
How Many Treatments for Slipped Disc with a Chiropractor?
Will bulging disc go away? How long will it take to get better?
Patient improvement will vary. Depending on which disc is bulging and the severity of symptoms, it can take 6-12 weeks to get better.
Fortunately, many patients feel a difference within the first 2 weeks of Chiropractic care.
Following that, the goal is to restore function and fix the underlying cause of your bulging disc. For this reason, you'll enjoy a young, healthy spine.
Do I Have Bulging Disc?
When it comes to lower back pain from a disc bulge, always seek help from a professional rather than Dr Google.
Nevertheless, here's a checklist you can use:
- Do you feel pain in your lower back?
- Is the pain shooting down your leg(s)?
- Was there an obvious cause?
- Does it get worse when you sneeze, cough or laugh?
Even so, it's best to check with your Chiropractor Campbelltown, SA.
Disc Herniation Pain Relief
If you think you may have symptoms from a bulging disc, try to avoid:
- Lifting - excessive pressure will compress your nerves further.
- Sitting too long - Sitting puts the most weight onto your spinal discs.
- Total bed rest - Interestingly, too much bed rest means it'll take longer to fix.