What Is A Bulging Disc?

My family have all been going to a local Structural Chiropractor
for the last few months and finally a few weeks ago I dove in too.
She took some pictures and aligned my body, and sent me for X-rays
and finally after all this let me know that I had some real back
problems that she is working on aligning.

Although I don’t have bulging disks I do have a lot of decay
and thinning in the discs which is causing pain and mobility
problems.

A bulging disc, also known as a herniated or ruptured vertebral
disc, is a common problem. It happens when one of the spinal discs
is pushed out of its normal alignment, causing part of the disc to
bulge out. This can cause a lot of pain.

The discs are soft cushions that separate each of the bony
spinal vertebrae to give the spine flexibility and prevent the
vertebral bones from being damaged by rubbing against each other.
They also cushion the spinal nerves that surround the spinal
cord.

What Is A Bulging Disc?
What Is A Bulging Disc?
What Is
A Bulging Disc?

These discs, like many of the structures of our body, tend to
become more brittle and less flexible with age. In many people, the
discs begin to deteriorate from around age 30.

Just about everyone will have less flexible discs by the
time they reach the age of 50 or 60.

Less flexibility means that the discs are more easily damaged.
So bulging disc pain is something that many people will suffer from
as they grow older.

The reason that a bulging disc is so painful is that often
times, when the disc is pushed out of alignment, the spinal nerves
can be pinched.

This is especially likely if the person already suffers from
spinal stenosis, where the space around the spinal cord and nerves
has gradually narrowed over the years. This kind of thing can be
happening gradually without a person knowing, until pain begins at
a certain point.

Herniated Discs

Herniation of the disc may happen suddenly, for example when a
person lifts something heavy or has an accident or a fall. Then the
pain is likely to come on suddenly and severely.

In other cases it may happen gradually over time, as the spine
is strained over and over. In those cases, the pain may be
occasional, becoming more and more of a problem until the person
seeks treatment.

What kind of pain from a Bulging Disc?

Sufferers from a bulging disc will often experience pain
like an electric shock that results from the compression

of the spinal nerve. This shock type pain may be felt going down
your arms (when the problem is in the vertebrae of the neck) or
down your legs (when the problem disc is in the lower back region).
You may also have tingling or numbness in your arms or legs, and
general muscle weakness.

In rare cases a herniated or bulging disc can also cause
problems with urinating or having bowel movements, often
accompanied by numbness in the genital area. This is a medical
emergency and you should get help right away.

Treatment for a Bulging Disc

Sometimes surgery is needed, but in many cases a
herniated disc will heal with rest.
However, it is
important to seek medical advice with any back problem. Your doctor
can check that there is nothing more serious wrong with you, and
prescribe pain relief medication if necessary for your bulging
disc.

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What Is A Bulging Disc?