Before chiropractic manipulation, consult with a physician to avoid possible injury. Chiropractic care has become a popular alternative treatment for neck and back symptoms. While it appears that chiropractic care might be appropriate for some bulging disc cases, chiropractors cannot “fix” a bulging disc and, therefore, their treatments provide only temporary relief at best..
Even so, chiropractic care for bulging disc symptoms is attractive to many patients because it comes with a variety of benefits, such as the fact that it:
- Is non-invasive
- Does not involve pills, injections, or any other controlled substances
- Is performed by a licensed professional who is trained to recognize serious health issues that should be referred to a physician
- Is holistic, which means a chiropractor will look at your condition as a whole-body issue and offer advice on stress relief, nutrition, etc.
If you decide to go to a chiropractor for the treatment of your bulging disc symptoms, your chiropractor will want to verify your bulging disc diagnosis. This might involve a physical examination, questions about your symptoms and health history, and testing of your muscle tone, reflexes, nerve function, etc. In addition, your chiropractor might send you to get an X-ray, MRI or other diagnostic imaging to get a clearer picture of your condition.
Once a bulging disc diagnosis is confirmed, your chiropractor has several procedures available to treat your symptoms. For example, your chiropractor could attempt to gently stretch your spine. This treatment is designed to increase the space between vertebrae, thus relieving pressure on compressed nerves. Furthermore, your chiropractor might have you lie down on specially arranged cushions that put your spine in an ideal position, and then let gravity balance out your pelvis and spinal column.
As mentioned before, chiropractic care only provides temporary relief from bulging disc symptoms. Contrary to belief, chiropractors cannot snap a bulging disc back into place. However, Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive, outpatient surgical procedures that can reduce the size of a bulging disc, addressing painful symptoms at their source rather than suppressing symptoms. For more information on our advanced, minimally invasive procedures, please contact Laser Spine Institute for your MRI review.