Americans today engage in more and more activity. For many people, that can include job responsibilities, work around the house, recreational activities and vacations. Aches and pains can interfere with the ability to enjoy these things or complete tasks necessary for everyday life. Did you pull a back muscle or pull it out of alignment while trying to clean the gutters? Maybe even reaching down to pick something up caused a painful sensation? Maybe it is a gradual pain in the lower back that has continued to increase in intensity over time? Some of these could be indicators of a bulging and slipped disc and the need for chiropractic care.
Herniated disks are slipped discs where the cartilage protrudes out of the disc. A bulging disk is a disk that extends outside of its typical area, more often occurring in older age. A majority of herniated and bulging discs occur in the curvature of the spine.
There’s nothing worse than severe back pain to put a damper on any celebration or get-together. The best part is that prevention is possible. Lifting items properly by using the legs for power, and within one’s ability not exceeding normal limits, can prevent over stressing the region of the back. Proper posture while sitting can help prevent slipped disc or bulging disc issues. Lastly, exercising the back muscles can help prevent slipped discs as well.
But, if the pain is not consistent with regular activity, or if you suspect a bulging or herniated disk is the cause of your discomfort, come in for an examination. As a leading Dallas Chiropractic clinic, we can help. We are adept at diagnosing and treating spinal and disc pains. We can provide x-rays, CAT scans, and MRI to identify and locate the problematic disk or area.
Once the results are analyzed, an examination is held where we will discuss all the available options with you. Many cases will not require surgery; in fact, new research indicates that considerable improvement can often be made in a 12 week time frame without surgery. We will recommend a comprehensive plan for treatment and work with you to work toward reducing pain and restoring comfortable full range of motion.
After the treatment program, we will recommend ways that you can help to keep the same situation from occurring. We provide educational tips and exercises to protect the curvature of the spine and prevent or reduce the likelihood of additional slips and bulges. We help our patients get back on their feet as soon as possible.