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What to Know About Bulging Discs

By Sara Butler

You've probably heard the term slipped disc. It's often a term used interchangeably with bulging discs, but the idea is the same behind either term: It's when a disc has begun to bulge and can begin to have an impact on the nerves surrounding it. Here's what you need to know about bulging discs and how the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic can help if you are suffering from one.

Bulging Disc: What Is It?

The discs that sit between the bones of your spine to help cushion it and help you move are comprised of two layers. There's a tough outer layer and a jelly-like inner layer. A bulging disc occurs when the outside layer is weakened but has not yet broken open, like what happens with a herniated disc.

It's important to keep in mind that the discs in your back are exactly the right size and shape. If they begin to bulge, then it will extend outside the perfect space it was meant to fill. When discs bulge they may begin pushing on the sensitive nerve roots that surround it in very tight space, leading to pain and discomfort.

In many respects, changes to the discs in the back are a part of the aging process. Bulging discs are a fairly common condition, but that doesn't mean it doesn't need to be assessed by an experienced chiropractor.

Symptoms of a Bulging Disc

Many people have bulging discs but are completely unaware of them because they don't cause symptoms. But some people can experience symptoms of a bulging disc, including:

  • Tingling or pain in the extremities including the shoulders, arms, legs, and buttocks
  • Problems walking or feeling as if you can't hold things as well as you used to

These symptoms can range from mild to severe, so it's important to see a chiropractor if you suspect a bulging disc.

What You Can Do

Aside from seeing the chiropractor in order to get the situation assessed, you should also work to change a few things in your life to help reduce your chances of getting a bulging disc or making one worse.

You can:

  • Work on your posture - Try to reduce or eliminate slouching, twisting, or even simply sitting in one posture for too long during the day
  • Strengthen your core muscles - The muscles in your stomach help to keep your spine supported, so strengthening them will put less stress and strain on your spine

Bulging discs can be serious, so make sure to talk to the chiropractors at The Joint.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aurora, Colo.

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