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Bulging and Herniated Discs Problems, Explained

If you’re feeling pain, numbness, or tingling in your back, this may be a sign that you have a disc problem within your spine. However, not all disc problems are the same. In order to get the treatment you need to restore mobility and feel comfortable again, you need to know what disc problem you suffer from.

Kinds of Disc Problems

The two most common kinds of disc problems are a bulge and a herniation. Let’s take a look at what these two problems mean and what you can do to treat them through chiropractic care.

What is a Bulging Disc?

Bulging discs occur when the disc between your vertebrae expands, loses its shape, or shifts to that it does not fit between vertebrae as it should. Bulging discs can cause pain and discomfort because the vertebrae are pressing down on the disc.

A bulging disc can occur because of poor posture, being overweight, or not practicing proper form when lifting weights. You may suffer a bulging disc from a workplace injury related to lifting heavy objects, falling, or even a car accident.

What is a Disc Herniation?

A disc herniation is similar to a bulging disc expect that in the case of a disc herniation, the disc has torn or ruptured. This means that the gel-like substance within the disc has leaked into the spinal canal. In most cases, a disc herniation begins as a bulging disc before it is punctured.

A disc herniation can occur because of trauma to the spine, being overweight, or just growing older. The same workplace injuries that can cause a bulging disc can also cause a disc herniation.

Treating Your Disc Problem

Whether you have a bulging disc or a disc herniation, you want to get the appropriate treatment as soon as possible. Ignoring your disc problem can cause difficulty walking, pain and tingling that travels to other parts of your body, and additional complications if gone untreated.

If you believe you have a disc problem from a recent injury at work, contact Brooklyn Worker’s Compensation Doctor Dr. Mollins to schedule a consultation.

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