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Posted on 05-14-2015

What Is a Bulging Disc?

Before we go into what is a bulging disc let us first understand what a disc is. A disc is a cartilage between every two vertebra in your spinal cord. It acts as a cushion between vertebrae and prevents their cracking or injury in events of jumping or other shocks. It consists of a hard outer cartilage which surrounds a softer inner filling of cartilage.

Now, a bulging disc is a disorder in which the size of the disc between vertebrae increases and expands, or “bulges”, into the spinal cord. This disorder can occur because increasing age, or traumas like heavy lifting or car accidents. It can cause pain and hinder movement. If the bulged part of the disc starts pressing any adjacent nerve then there can be intense pain and even disability in different parts of the body. If the disc does not pinch a nerve then you would not know its occurrence, and surprisingly, many people have bulging discs and don’t even know it.

If you start developing pain in your back, especially in the lower back than get it checked out. A Bulging disc usually causes pain in that area and with time can start spreading to legs and feet.

Medication and surgery are not necessary if you have this disc issue. Before considering these modern and daunting options, visit your chiropractor. If you are near Lexington then give our chiropractic office a call. Dr. Gallentine will conduct some tests and then based on reports, your medical history and symptoms, recommend if you really need a surgery or medical treatment.

Dr. Gallentine will use different adjusting and therapy techniques to help realign the vertebrae and help the disc expand, which can reduce the pressure on the nerve. This can lead to massive reduction in the pain. So call our office today so we can get you on the road to recovery!

Dr. Gallentine

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