Should You Be Concerned About Bulging Discs?
By Sara Butler
Your spine goes through a lot over the course of your life, so it’s no wonder that from time to time problems pop up. One problem routinely seen in patients at The Joint Chiropractic is bulging discs. If you’re told you have a bulging disc, you may or may not have symptoms. But the question still remains – should you be concerned about it? Here’s what you need to know about bulging discs.
What is a Bulging Disc?
The bones in your spine, or vertebrae, have soft discs between them in order to help the spine absorb shock. Sometimes, these discs can become damaged or weakened, pushing the soft inner core out. When the disc is still intact but protruding, that’s called a bulging disc. If it’s cracked and some of the soft inner core is coming out, that’s called a herniated disc.
You can have a bulging or even a herniated disc and not know it, or you can experience significant pain in the back, neck, arms, and legs as a result of a bulging or herniated disc. It’s an experience that can be different for everyone.
How to Prevent Bulging Discs
If your chiropractor suspects you have a bulging disc then they may have additional testing done at another facility to confirm the diagnosis. If it’s confirmed, then it’s not the end of the world. You can prevent future bulges, cracks, or inflammation to the area with a few changes. You should:
- Maintain a healthy weight – Extra body weight puts pressure on your spine and the discs that help support it. Exercise and eat a healthy diet to help reach and maintain a healthy body weight that’s good for your back as well as your whole body.
- See your chiropractor – Your chiropractor can help to pinpoint any additional factors that can make a bulging disc worse or create one in the first place. When your spine is free of joint restriction and dysfunction, then the normal function can return while additional and unnecessary stress is reduced on your spine.
- Exercise – You’ve got to move your body to keep it healthy. Staying active can help to alleviate back pain and keep you flexible, helping to prevent injury in the future.
Your spine will go through changes as you get older, but you can protect it by caring for your body as a whole and seeing your chiropractor regularly to keep your body functioning at its best!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aurora, Colo.