What is a bulging disc?

Your spine has a disc between each of your 33 vertebrae, known as a cervical disc. These discs are similar to five balloons, one inside the other, with the middle one filled with honey.

A healthy cervical disc will be a consistent shape and size and sit comfortably between the vertebrae, without protruding outside of the spine or touching any nerves.

A bulging disc is one that, for reasons of injury, wear and tear or aging, has become inflamed, causing a part of the ‘balloon’ to inflate and protrude from between the vertebrae. This type of injury, also sometimes referred to as a ‘slipped disc’ or ‘herniated disc’ will cause stiffness and discomfort in the back but will not necessarily cause pain.

Pain comes as and when a bulging disc touches or impacts upon a nerve, often then creating a trapped nerve.

Can a chiropractor fix a herniated disc?

Yes. In fact, very few treatments other than Chiropractic will help in the long term. One can kill the pain, with NSAIDs, but aside from surgical intervention with lifelong side-effects, Chiropractic is proven to be the most effective treatment possible.

Bulging disc treatment begins with an assessment, by the chiropractor, into where the pain is being caused (not always the same as where it’s being felt). For a chiropractor, herniated disc I4 I5, for example, tells them exactly which disc (the one between lumbar vertebrae 4 and lumbar vertebrae 5) is bulging and how it is then affecting your nerves and how it should be treated.

The chiropractor can then identify the right individual treatment plan and combination of bulging disc pain treatment methods. There are many different types of back pain treatment and most chiropractors will use a combination of them all to alleviate upper back pain and strengthen your body to minimise recurrence of the injury.

That’s why, when you are considering a chiropractor vs doctor for back pain treatment, you will find that a chiropractor is able to work with you over a period of time to achieve a result which addresses the cause of the problem, not just the symptoms.

Should I get a massage or chiropractor for upper back pain?

Bulging disc treatment can be delivered in a variety of ways by a chiropractor. This may include deep tissue massage which is used to release the tightness and mobilise the area again, but it is very important that you consult with a Chiropractor first to ensure that the massage therapist is given the correct instructions before working on your back. When it comes to any back pain treatment strength and mobility exercise is equally important, but again only following the advice of a chiropractor.

Remember, Chiropractors are a back specialists and, as a leading London chiropractic clinic, London Wellness Centres pride ourselves on giving the best treatment for back pain. We tailor our treatment to each individual client.

I hear many descriptions related to disc pain – what do they all mean?

People often refer to a range of conditions associated with bulging disc pain:

  • Slipped disc
  • Herniated disc
  • Bulging disc
  • Trapped nerve
  • Sciatica

In actual fact, most of these mean the same thing and bulging disc treatment will be the same as slipped disc treatment and the same as cervical disc bulge treatment. Essentially, as the bulging disc hits a nerve, this can cause pain which may radiate anywhere in the body. Sciatica, leg pain or lower back pain neck and shoulder pain. Many search for chiropractor for upper back pain but there are lots of trigger points that drive people to visit a chiropractor, depending on which nerves has been affected by which disc.

Should I seek bulging disc treatment?

The short answer is yes. If you have a herniated disc treatment from a chiropractor is almost certainly going to start to alleviate upper back pain (or alleviate lower back pain). Get in touch with us at London Wellness Centres and we’ll start your bulging disc treatment immediately.

A few facts about disc pain

degenerative disc disease

Discogenic pain is pain originating from a damaged vertebral disc, particularly due to degenerative disc disease

pain free

Not all degenerated discs cause pain, but may have other symptoms like weakness, numbness or tingling

get treatment early

Disc degeneration occurs naturally with age and doesn’t mean you will suffer from a bad back

20-50 years old disc pain

Men between the ages of 20 and 50 are most likely to have a herniated disc

back ache from computer use

Staying seated for long periods of time can put pressure on your spine and discs

lower back pain spine

Herniated disc can occur anywhere along the spine, but most often occurs in the lower back

bulging, herniated or slipped disc

Herniated disc is sometimes called a bulging, protruding, ruptured or ‘slipped’ disc

sciatica affects 1 side of the body

It is one of the most common causes of lower back pain, as well as leg pain, or “sciatica”

fix back pain in 90 days

Disc pain can come on rapidly for no apparent reason, but the cause may well have been ongoing for many months

pain in whole body

Bulging discs put pressure on the surrounding nerve routes, resulting in pain that radiates down the back or other areas of the body

If you would like more information about our treatments or want to find out how we may be able to help you with a specific problem please call us on 020 7531 4444