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Also known as a protruding disc or slipped disc, a herniated disc or bulging disc can occur in the lumbar, cervical or thoracic area of the spine.
A bulging disc is a disc that has moved from its proper position. It can press against the spinal nerves and cause pins and needles, spasms or pain that radiates to the legs. If you're experiencing pain as a result of a bulging disc or a ruptured disc in Birmingham, AL, Gremmels Chiropractic Center, Inc. is here to help.
A bulging disc can be cause by accumulated microtrauma, sudden expected load or genetic factors. The most common example of accumulated microtrauma is poor posture. Poor posture leads to a weakness and overstretching of the annulus in the spinal discs. It places pressure on spinal nerves and joints.
Unexpected load of a disc can cause the annulus fibers to tear and result in a bulging disc. Using poor lifting techniques can cause an unexpected loading of the spine’s discs. Another example of incurring a bulging disc is a car accident. The impact of the collision causes sudden forces throughout the body. As the body attempts to repel the impact, it can cause the disc to bulge. Like some other spinal conditions, DNA plays a role.
Some folks just have a genetic predisposition for bulging disc. In this case, there’s typically a lesser density of the fibro-cartiliginous fibers. Other risk factors for bulging disc include occupations with lifting and excessive abdominal fat. If back pain occurs when you sit, bend forward, lift or cough, it may indicate a bulging disc injury.
Dr. Kent Gremmels and Dr. Carroll of Gremmels Chiropractic Center, Inc. offer a full service treatment plan for bulging disc. It’s a holistic and multi-faceted approach to decrease pain and accelerate healing.
One technique used at Gremmels Chiropractic Center is Cox Flexion Distraction. This is a gentle chiropractic that slowly releases pressure on the spine and stretches the muscles surrounding the spine.
Spinal decompression may also be part of the treatment plan to treat bulging disc. It’s a motorized traction that gently stretches the spine in a graduated manner. The negative pressure caused by this treatment causes the bulging disc to retract. Plus, spinal decompression therapy helps generate the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the bulging disc to accelerate healing. Sessions for spinal decompression therapy generally take about 20 minutes and are totally painless and relaxing.
Ultrasound therapy is also offered at our Birmingham chiropractic clinic as a therapeutic treatment for bulging disc. Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves that create heat and penetrate into the damaged tissues to relax the muscles, increase blood flow and speed healing. In addition, ultrasound therapy boosts the immune system and helps reduce pain associated with bulging disc.
If you think you might have a bulging disc, be sure to schedule an appointment with us at Gremmels Chiropractic Center, Inc. Our Birmingham chiropractors will do a complete evaluation for a diagnosis. From there, they will create a treatment plan to best treat your bulging disc.