How Chiropractic Can Help with Common Disc Injuries

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Bulging, herniated, slipped, and ruptured are all common terms that are associated with spinal and disc issues that may cause pain. Healthy discs provide cushioning between the vertebrae and the spine, and they each contain an outer layer of cartilage that surrounds softer cartilage in the center, making them fit perfectly between your vertebrae. Due to normal wear and tear and the aging process, the discs may dehydrate, causing changes in the discs and surrounding area.

Bulging of the outer layer is known as a bulging disc. Herniated discs occur when the tough outer layer allows some of the softer cartilage to protrude out of the disc. Herniated discs are also referred to as slipped or ruptured, although the disc itself doesn’t actually slip or rupture. Herniated discs can be caused by injuries such as stretching or twisting incorrectly, improper lifting, auto accidents, or the normal aging process.

Both herniated discs and bulging discs can cause pain, although the herniated disc is more likely to cause pain since it tends to compress the nerve roots and cause painful inflammation. No matter what type of disc injury you may be suffering from or the cause, Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor at Greater Life Chiropractic can offer you relief from the pain you may be experiencing. Chiropractic care offers a safe and natural solution to your severe pain and is a great alternative to medications and surgery. 

Methods for Managing Bulging or Herniated Discs

Some of the common symptoms of herniated discs include spinal tenderness, stiffness, leg pain, back and neck pain, and arm pain. Bulging discs can cause some of the same symptoms, although not usually as severe. When the pain and symptoms are very severe, most medical doctors will recommend surgery to repair the disc. Since surgery is invasive and comes with risks, this should always be a last resort. Medication is another common way of dealing with the pain, but medication also comes with nasty side effects and only offers temporary relief.

How Does Chiropractic Care Help?

Chiropractic care has proven to help heal both herniated and bulging discs. When the spine is misaligned, this can cause further inflammation and aggravate a bulging or herniated disc. Dr. Grant Lisetor can carefully adjust the spine to help reduce the inflammation that may be causing your pain. By getting to the root cause of what is causing the discomfort, chiropractic care offers a long-term solution for pain relief, healing, and whole-body health. 

Has Chiropractic Helped Others with Disc Injuries?

Several studies have shown chiropractic care to be beneficial for those with pain related to bulging or herniated discs. In one study, those who regularly received chiropractic adjustments had pain relief which resulted in better sleep. Those studied had been told they needed back surgery before consulting with their chiropractor. After 5 weeks, surgery was no longer needed since the pain had subsided. Three out of four trials also showed that chiropractic care improved pain associated with herniated discs.

If you or someone you care about is suffering from the pain of a bulging or herniated disc, contact us today at Greater Life Chiropractic. Dr. Grant Lisetor and his team are passionate about serving the community in Charlotte, NC, and would love to help you learn more about how chiropractic care can benefit you.


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