Chiropractic care for bulging disc symptoms
Before chiropractic manipulation, consult a physician to avoid possible injury. Chiropractic care has become a popular alternative treatment for neck and back symptoms. This is because properly performed chiropractic treatment can take pressure off of a bulging disc and give it the opportunity to heal itself.
Benefits of chiropractic treatment
In addition, chiropractic care for bulging disc symptoms is attractive to many patients because it:
- Is noninvasive
- 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 and other lifestyle factors
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 and nerve function. In addition, your chiropractor might send you to get diagnostic imagery like an X-ray or an MRI to get a clearer picture of your condition.
How a chiropractor treats bulging disc symptoms
Once a bulging disc diagnosis is confirmed, your chiropractor has several procedures available to treat your symptoms. For example, he or she can 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. However, it can be part of a comprehensive conservative treatment plan that can help you get back to a higher quality of life. Most specialists, including chiropractors, will begin to consider surgical options when weeks or months of conservative care do not bring lasting relief and a return to normal activity.
If you have been recommended for surgery but are worried about the risks and difficulties of a traditional open spine procedure, consider Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive outpatient surgeries use a smaller, muscle-sparing incision that leads to a shorter recovery time^ and less risk of infection than traditional spine procedures performed in a hospital.
For more information, please contact Laser Spine Institute. Our Care Team can tell you how to get your no-cost MRI review* to see if you may be a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.