If you are diagnosed with a bulging disc, this means one or more of your intervertebral discs have developed weak spots that allow the disc to bulge outside vertebrae. In contrast to a herniated disc, bulging discs haven’t ruptured yet but could at any time. That’s why receiving ongoing treatment from your Chiropractor in Redding is vital to maintaining spine health and relieving pain without the need for medications or surgery.

Symptoms of a Bulging Disc

Depending on where a disc is bulging, you could have pain near your neck, in your middle back or lower back. Pain occurs when bulging discs press on nerves extending from your spine into your body. Consequently, you could experience pain in your legs, shoulders, and arms. A bulging disc may also contribute to migraines, peripheral neuropathy, and fibromyalgia pain.

Signs of a possible bulging disc include:

  • Numbness, tingling and muscle weakness in your legs
  • Pain over or near your shoulder blade
  • Pain that radiates into your chest and/or upper arm
  • Muscle spasms in your lower back
  • Back/body pain that worsens during physical activity
  • Sciatica (pain caused by a bulging disc pressing on the sciatic nerve)

Your Redding chiropractor will ask you to describe your symptoms and perform an examination on your spine during your initial appointment. Following a diagnosis of a bulging disc, he will then develop a program of chiropractic techniques effective for relieving bulging disc pain.

Chiropractic Treatment for Bulging Discs

To remove pressure on bulging discs so they do not bulge outward and compress sensitive your nerves, your chiropractor in Redding recommends decompression therapy. Painless and noninvasive, decompression therapy gently stretches your spinal vertebrae to increase the distance between vertebrae and discs. Spinal decompression applies principles of spinal traction to relieve nerve pain and promotes an optimized healing environment for degenerating, herniated and bulging discs. The evidence-based formula behind spinal decompression for bulging discs is that by creating negative intradiscal pressure within the spine, decompression promotes repositioning of bulging disc materials and lowers pressure intradiscally. This may not only prevent a disc from rupturing but also contributes to the overall health of your spine and central nervous system.

Many people with bulging discs can avoid surgery by relying on chiropractic care. In addition to decompression therapy, your Redding chiropractor may also recommend dietary or lifestyle adjustments for supporting the effectiveness of spinal traction for bulging discs.

To begin treating painful bulging discs without drugs or surgery, call Churn Creek Chiropractic today to schedule an appointment: (530) 221-4991.