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Herniated Disc/Bulging Disc

Are you experiencing pain from your lower back down to your leg? Do you feel any type of numbness or tingling? If so, you may have a herniated disc. Let our Normandy Park chiropractors at Optimal Health Spine + Wellness help bring you relief today. We specialize in treating patients experiencing pain resulting from a bulging disc or herniated disc (also referred to as a "slipped disc" or "ruptured disc.") 

Causes and Symptoms of a Bulging Disc

Spinal disc herniation Tracy ChiropractorBulging discs are common in both adults and seniors. Often, a "bulging disc" or a "herniated disc" is the result of aging-related wear and tear known as disc degeneration. As we age, our spinal discs lose water content and become less flexible and prone to rupturing or tearing with a twist or minor strain. Falls, blows to the head, and lifting large, heavy objects can also cause a disc to herniate.

Some people have a herniated disc and have no symptoms of a disc problem. But, the most common symptoms include:

  • Leg pain
  • Arm pain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Muscle weakness

If you have a herniated disc in the lumbar area, often pain is felt in the calf, thigh, and buttocks. With a herniated cervical disc, the pain will typically occur in the arm and shoulder. People who have a herniated disc often experience tingling or numbness in areas of the affected nerves. And the muscles served by the affected nerves tend to weaken, reducing the ability to lift items and maintain balance.

Risk Factors for a Herniated Disc

Factors that increase the risk of a herniated disc include weight, occupation, and genetics. Excess body weight puts extra stress on the body’s discs. Those with physically demanding jobs also have a greater risk of herniated disc. Repetitive pushing, twisting, lifting, and pulling can cause a herniated disc. And some folks inherit a predisposition to developing a herniated disc.

Our Normandy Park Chiropractors Can Help

Our chiropractors can offer various treatment options to address the pain caused by a herniated disc. At our clinic, we combine the latest techniques in manual adjustments, physical therapy, chiropractic, nutrition and exercise for the fast healing and pain relief of herniated discs. Our treatment plans are based on a scientific approach that is unique and holistic to provide patients with the fastest results possible. 

Our chiropractor will perform a comprehensive examination to determine if the reflexes are intact, is there’s a loss of sensation along the nerve pathway and if there are signs of a loss of muscle strength.We may even order an X-ray or MRI to diagnose a herniated disc. 

At Optimal Health Spine + Wellness, we listen to our patients’ concerns, properly diagnose and only prescribe necessary treatment. Give us a call today at 206-241-3836 to schedule an appointment!