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Bulging Disc

What is a bulging disc?

If you have a bulging disc that doesn’t go away easily, maybe you should visit a doctor. This type of back pain can be treated by methods such as chiropractic treatments, inversion table therapy, massages, heat treatment or even excercise.

What is a bulging disc?  This is a condition that is related to our spine.  Our spinal cord is a connection of vertebrae which is cushioned by discs in between.  This disc is a soft, gelatinous substance.  However, over time, this disc could be displaced as a result of aging or when it moves out of its normal radius.  Some patients feel pain, while others do not.  Pain might be present if the bulging disc has herniated or has protruded in a nerve.

In most cases, a bulging disc might be a secondary problem to an existing condition.  Because most of the time it is painless, it can only be found out when the patient undergoes diagnostic imaging tests such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).  It only becomes a problem when the patient starts complaining of pain that is either unrelieved with any intervention, or the pain’s severity gets stronger the longer it’s there.

A bulging disc can be treated using conservative methods.  The primary goal of treatment is to free the patient from pain and to allow him to return to his normal activities of daily living.  How long it will take to treat a patient will depend on the level of pain and with how long the symptoms have been present.  Usually, it will take 6-12 weeks.

Rest is advised, followed by slow mobilizations.  To address the pain, medications are given.  A chiropractor can also help with spine manipulation. Chiropractors use massages as well as realignment and readjustment of the spine.  Physical therapy can also help the patient regain mobility.  A physical therapist will make sure that all the other limbs will be used for mobilization and will slowly help strengthen the lower back.

There are exercises that can help treat a bulging disc.  One such exercise is using trampolines.  This can help strengthen your lower back.  With a stronger lower back, it can heal faster.  But overdoing it could aggravate the condition too.  Another thing to avoid is abdominal exercises as this can aggravate that state.

A form of therapy that has become increasingly popular with back pains is the inversion therapy.  This therapy involves the use of inversion tables, namely the Teeter hang ups model. The patient will be placed upside down or at a certain degree using an inversion table.  While in this position, stretching exercises can be done.  The upside down position can allow gravity to pull on our spine, thus relieving the bulging disc and allowing it to return to its normal position.  Aside from that, relief can be gained from having the spine be pulled back by gravity.  Traction is applied to the spine when inverted.  Thus, the result will be a decreased pressure on the spine, which means there will be less pain.  An added benefit is that it helps circulation, thus allowing for faster and easier healing time.


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