Bulging Disc | Chiropractor
If you are diagnosed with a bulging disc in the cervical (neck) or lumbar (lower back) regions of your spine, one of the non-invasive treatment options available to you is chiropractic therapy. Although chiropractics is not for everyone, millions of people who experience neck or back pain swear by it. Talk to your physician about the history and long-term effectiveness of chiropractic manipulation, then start researching chiropractors before making your choice.
Do your research
Before you choose a chiropractor, ask your primary care physician for a recommendation. In addition, check to make sure your potential choices have a four-year Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree from an institution accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education. He or she should also have completed a two- or three-year residency in medical fields such as orthopedics, biomechanics, neurology, physiology, rehabilitation or other areas, along with continuing education courses. Finally, make sure he or she has passed a competency examination administered by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners.
That only covers the on-paper qualifications. If all those are in order, continue your research into the following areas:
- Safety – have this chiropractor’s patients complained of manipulation-related complications?
- Effectiveness – how well have this chiropractor’s methods worked, and how often are treatments required?
- Philosophy – does this chiropractor embrace scientific diagnosis methods, as well as other conservative treatments such as physical therapy?
- Competence – have there been actions taken against this chiropractor by an examining board?
The minimally invasive alternative
If chiropractic therapy proves ineffective for managing back or neck pain caused by a bulging disc, contact Laser Spine Institute. Our surgeons have helped tens of thousands of patients find relief from neck and back pain. If you would like to find out whether you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive, outpatient procedures, call to set up your initial consultation or request a review of your MRI or CT scan.