How a chiropractor treats bulging disc symptoms

Bulging discs are an extremely common spine condition, with many thousands of people suffering from the condition every year. In many instances, a person with a bulging disc may not even know there is anything wrong until the condition impinges on a nerve root in the spinal column. Depending on the location of the problem, a bulging disc can cause excruciating pain, loss of mobility and other adverse effects.

Spinal discs are rubbery pads that separate the vertebrae and keep them from grinding against each other while the spine is in motion. A bulging disc results when age, injury or other factors cause part of the disc to protrude past the edge of the vertebra. When the bulging disc presses on a nerve or other structure, pain and other symptoms result.

Chiropractic treatment is one of the most popular alternative medicine forms used to treat bulging discs and their symptoms. Having an understanding of the full range of treatment options available for your condition can help you be a more engaged and confident patient. We hope the following information can help you as you seek the lasting relief you deserve. To learn more about your condition and the treatment options available, you can also contact the caring and dedicated team at Laser Spine Institute.

Overview of chiropractic medicine

Chiropractic care is a form of alternative medicine, often used to complement more traditional forms of treatment, such as drug therapy and exercise. Chiropractic procedures are noninvasive and drug-free, making them an attractive conservative treatment option for back pain sufferers.

A chiropractor uses manual manipulation techniques to try to correct these subluxations and restore health to the patient. These manipulation sessions, called “adjustments” are often supplemented with coaching on lifestyle habits, exercise and other holistic concepts.

Chiropractic care process

If you decide to try chiropractic care as an alternative therapy for your bulging disc back or neck pain, here’s what you can expect during the process:

  • During the initial consultation, the chiropractor will take a full medical history, vital signs, and ask you several questions. He or she will also do an examination, and may perform tests for reflexes, posture, and other physical markers. An X-ray or MRI may also be ordered.
  • The chiropractor will review all the test data and make a diagnosis. Additional testing may be ordered to confirm the diagnosis. If the diagnosis warrants — such as an emergency or condition where chiropractic care is contraindicated — the chiropractor may choose to refer you to a more appropriate source of treatment.
  • The chiropractor will create and administer a formal treatment plan. This plan may involve adjustments, exercises, and other forms of alternative medicine, such as traction or ultrasound therapies. This treatment plan usually takes place over several sessions.
  • If a bulging disc problem is indicated, the chiropractor will most commonly use low-force techniques to gently manipulate the spine at the site of the injury.
  • The chiropractor will monitor your improvement over time, making adjustments to the treatment plan as necessary.

It is important to remember that chiropractors can only achieve short-term pain relief with these techniques. But many patients are able to find lasting relief with a comprehensive conservative treatment plan that involves some type of chiropractic care. Surgery is usually considered a last resort treatment option to be considered if weeks or months of nonsurgical options have not brought the relief needed for a good quality of life.

Laser Spine Institute

If you are considering surgery for a bulging disc, reach out to Laser Spine Institute. Since 2005, we have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from bulging discs, sciatica, ruptured discs and other spine conditions with minimally invasive spine surgery performed on an outpatient basis.

Our caring and dedicated team can help you receive a no-cost MRI or CT scan review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.