Bulging Disc/ Herniated Disc Treatment
Summit Medical Care Center specializes in treating pain associated with a bulging disc or herniated disc. While every case is unique, our goal is to give you the personalized care and treatment options you need to help you live a normal, pain-free life.
Bulging Disc vs. Herniated Disc: What's the Difference?
A bulging disc is when the disc literally “bulges out” outside the space it occupies between your vertebrae. Fairly common with aging, the spine begins to compress with age, which in turn compresses the discs, pushing them flatter and in an outward direction. If the disc bulges far enough, it will press against the nerve, causing moderate to severe pain.
With a herniated disc (also known as ruptured disc or slipped disc), a crack occurs in the outer layer of the disc. When the disc breaks, it leaks a jelly-like material into the space around the disc, causing severe pain once it comes in contact with nerves.
What You Notice
Pain from a bulged disk is similar to that of a herniated disc. Pain is more noticeable when you're active, and seems to get better when you're resting. Coughing, sneezing, sitting, driving and bending forward may make the pain worse. The pain gets worse because these movements put more pressure on the nerve.
The location of the pain depends on which disk is weak. The level of intensity is going to depend on how much of the disk is pressing on the nerve. Some people have pain in both legs. Others experience a numbing or tingling sensation in their legs or feet.
What It Feels Like
- Mild or intense back pain
- Shooting pains down one or both legs
- Sharp pain when twisting to the left or right
- Trouble controlling limbs, loss of balance
- Numbness and tingling in feet or legs
- Pain moving or lifting the arms, or moving legs
- Sciatic symptoms
Our clinic offers a broad range of diagnostic and treatment plans for patients suffering from bulging disc or herniated disc pain. Such therapies that we incorporate include laser therapy, decompression, and/or trigger point injections. You will benefit from the expertise of our medical and wellness team who will work together to create a program tailored to your unique needs.
If you're experiencing pain resulting from a bulging disc or herniated disc, give us a call today to schedule a consultation.