Bulging and herniated discs can cause intense back pain and limit mobility, affecting the quality of life. At Summit Integrated Health, we provide comprehensive care and innovative treatments to address these conditions. Our multidisciplinary approach combines chiropractic, physical therapy, and medical care to help patients manage their symptoms and restore spinal health.
The Spinal Anatomy: Intervertebral Discs
The spinal column comprises 33 individual vertebrae, each separated by an intervertebral disc. These discs are designed to cushion the vertebrae and allow for flexibility in the spine. Each disc has a tough outer layer (annulus fibrosus) and a gel-like center (nucleus pulposus). Over time, the discs can degenerate or become damaged, causing them to bulge or herniate. When this happens, the disc material can press on nerves in the spine, causing pain, numbness, and weakness in the affected area.
What are Bulging & Herniated Discs?
Bulging and herniated discs occur when the intervertebral discs in the spine become damaged or degenerate. A bulging disc happens when the disc protrudes outside of its normal space in the spine. In contrast, a herniated disc occurs when the disc’s outer layer cracks or ruptures, causing the gel-like center to leak out. Both conditions can result in pressure on nerves, leading to pain, numbness, and weakness in the affected area.
Diagnosing Bulging/Herniated Discs
If you’re experiencing the symptoms of a bulging or herniated disc, your healthcare provider will begin with a physical examination to assess your range of motion and pinpoint the location of your pain. Diagnostic imaging tests, such as X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans, may confirm the diagnosis and reveal the severity of the condition. Once a diagnosis is made, your healthcare provider can recommend appropriate treatments based on your condition.
Schedule Your Consultation
Don’t wait to seek medical attention if you experience back pain, numbness, or weakness. Summit Integrated Health offers a wide range of treatments to manage the symptoms of bulging or herniated discs. Our team of experienced healthcare professionals is dedicated to providing personalized care that addresses each patient’s unique needs. Schedule your consultation to start your journey towards improved spinal health and quality of life.