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Bulging Disc: 5 Natural Treatments that Work

Are you suffering from bulging disc pain? Is the pain severe enough that it’s interfering with your day-to-day life? Unfortunately, you’re not alone.

As you age, you are more and more likely to develop disc problems. The good news is that chiropractic care can help! There are ways to combat bulging disc pain, naturally. Read on for several ways to find natural relief from bulging disc and back pain!

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What is a Bulging Disc?

Discs are situated between the spinal vertebrae. They absorb shock and help facilitate movement. A bulging disc occurs with a weakened or deteriorated disc swells through a crevice in the spine, extending beyond its normal housing.

This can occur when discs move out of normal position, which can happen suddenly, or over time. As the disc moves, its inner, liquid-like center starts to expand toward its weakest point.

Bulging discs often place pressure on surrounding nerves, causing severe and chronic back pain.

Symptoms of a Bulging Disc

Common symptoms of a bulging disc include, but are not limited to:

  • localized pain in the spine, lower back middle back, neck, or head
  • headaches
  • neck pain
  • poor mobility due to muscle pain, throbbing, or weakness
  • tingling or pain that travels down into the fingers, toes, or wrists
  • numbness or weakness at the site of the bulging disc
  • sciatic nerve pain

Bulging discs most often occur in the back. In fact, almost 90 percent of bulging disc cases happen here. However, they can affect other parts of the body.

Lumbar bulging discs usually cause pain in the legs, feet, abdomen, and buttocks.

Cervical bulging discs can cause pain in the neck, head, shoulders, arms, elbows, wrists, hands, and fingers.

Thoracic bulging discs can cause pain in the hands, chest, abdomen, and back.

A doctor of chiropractic can help you identify what type of bulging disc you have. They can also treat your bulging disc pain at its source!

Common Causes of Bulging Discs

Growing pressure around a disc and poor posture are common reasons why discs in the spine start to bulge. This pressure makes the disc expand outward, where it interferes with other nerve tissues. Eventually, the disc has nowhere to go but into the spinal canal. This is what creates that pain or tingling sensation often associated with disc problems!

Other common causes of bulging discs include:

  • aging
  • wear and tear of discs
  • poor mobility in the spine
  • being overweight
  • a spine or neck injury
  • inflammation
  • poor diet choices
  • sitting for extended periods of time
  • smoking
  • stress
  • degenerative diseases
  • poor form when exercising
  • being tall

5 Natural Ways to Treat Bulging Disc Pain

A bulging disc can often negatively impact a person’s quality of life. At Gold Coast Chiropractic, Dr. Fisher wants each patient to live their best life possible!

If you’ve ever visited a doctor for bulging disc pain, you may have been prescribed pain killers or told to take over the counter medications to fight off the inflammation. Some doctors even recommend muscle relaxers or steroids to treat this pain. Unfortunately, none of these “solutions” will treat bulging disc pain at its source. They simple mask the pain for a short period of time, and it will inevitably return.

Read on for 5 ways to treat bulging disc pain at its source, so that it can be gone, once and for all!

1. Chiropractic

Dr. Fisher at Gold Coast Chiropractic in Chicago, Illinois, can determine the type of bulging disc you’re experiencing. He can also identifying the underlying causes of your bulging disc pain.

After this diagnosis, Dr. Fisher will perform targeted adjustments to your spine. This helps realign the spinal discs, preventing protrusion into the spinal canal.

This spinal realignment treats your bulging disc pain at its source and corrects it! A study published in the Official Journal of the North American Spinal Society found that chiropractic adjustments actually helped adults feel less local pain and decreased their number of days with pain.

Call our offices today to start your bulging disc treatment. We would love to help! 312.988.9655

2. Stay Active

Bulging discs are commonly associated with growing older. Research shows that those who stay active into older age experience less injuries, inflammation, and loss of mobility.

Try taking a walk each day, strengthening your core, or lifting weights to maintain or gain strength. These exercises help you maintain flexibility while strengthening and protecting your back.

Also incorporate stretching into your routine! This helps lengthen the spine, develop good posture, reduce inflammation, and combat pain.

3. Sleep Well. 

If your muscles, bones, and joints are overworked, they start to break down. The recommended amount of sleep for adults each night is 7 to 9 hours. MAKE SLEEP A PRIORITY. Sleep has incredible health benefits. It is especially important for keeping hormone levels under control, supporting a healthy body weight, and preventing future injuries.

4. Fix Your Posture

Posture matters, period. Many of us spend hours upon hours a day sitting behind a desk, and it is making us sicker. If you’re stuck behind a desk all day, make sure to take breaks every 30 to 60 minutes. Stand up, stretch, take a stroll around the office, get moving.

Also focus on your posture. Sit up straight with your neck in a neutral position, especially when staring at a screen. Keep your legs at a 90 degree angle to the floor in order to reduce pressure on the spine.

5. Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Inflammation in the body leads to weakened bones, muscles, and joints. All of these lead to a compromised spine. If your body is inflamed, it cannot recover as it should.

You can reduce inflammation in your body by lowering your intake of inflammatory foods. Limit sugar, any processed foods, refined grain products, and alcohol.

Try and eat more leafy greens, healthy fats, lean proteins, and foods containing probiotics.

Gold Coast Chiropractic Can Help

If you think you may be suffering from bulging disc pain, please contact Gold Coast Chiropractic today! Dr. Fisher can identify the source of your pain, and treat it, naturally. Reach us today at 312.988.9655!