San Diego Chiropractor Provides Bulging and Herniated Disc Injury Pain Relief

The shock-absorbing discs between each vertebra in your spine should let the nerves leaving your spinal cord travel comfortably on their way to the rest of your body. But when these discs suffer stress and injury, the resulting pain can be excruciating. Fortunately, San Diego Chiropractor Dr. Herfindahl has a host of successful, non-surgical chiropractic treatment options that provide healing and pain relief, whether you have a bulging protrusion or a fully herniated disc.

Our Chiropractor Explains Different Types of Disc Injury

In healthy discs, the fibrous outer cover should be situated flush to the edges of its corresponding vertebrae. The jelly-like nucleus should be fully encased within that covering. Sudden or gradual strain on the discs, however, can force the jelly-like center to slip out and pinch nerves, causing intense pain, numbness and tingling:

  • Poor Posture—Habitual leaning and slouching can cause vertebrae to press unevenly on discs.
  • Traumatic Injury—The sudden forces of a car accident injury, sports injury, etc. can damage discs.
  • Aging—Aging processes can dehydrate discs, making them more vulnerable to stress.

There are also different gradients of disc injury:

Disc Protrusion, or Bulging Disc

The outer covering of the disc has been weakened and starts to bulge, causing a protrusion that might pinch nerves. Depending on the extent of the protrusion, a bulging disc may go unnoticed until it reaches the nerve. Early chiropractic intervention can prevent a bulging disc from herniating.

Slipped or Herniated Discs

Without chiropractic intervention, bulging discs become herniated—the jelly-like nucleus may slip out of the damaged outer layer. Symptoms include sciatica or severe pain, numbness and tingling in areas of the body controlled by the affected nerves.

Chiropractic Care for Herniated and Bulging Discs

San Diego Chiropractor Dr. Herfindahl can provide successful, non-surgical treatment for disc protrusion (bulging) and herniated or slipped discs:

  • Chiropractic Care—By correcting vertebral alignment our chiropractor can relieve uneven pressure on the discs and provide pain relief.
  • Spinal Decompression—This scientifically advanced form of precisely-targeted traction gradually stretches and reshapes damaged discs. Decompression helps draw fresh hydration into these depleted discs, helping them heal, often without the need for surgery.

In addition to chiropractic care and spinal decompression, our chiropractor may also recommend complementary treatment modalities such as massage therapy or cold laser therapy. To get relief today, please call us in Mission Valley at (619) 295-3885 to schedule an appointment.

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