What Is a Bulging Disc?

Posted By Gwinnett Medical Back & Neck Pain || 29-Mar-2017

You may hear the phrase every now and again, but what exactly is a bulging disc? Between each bone in the spine, the vertebrae, are discs that absorb shocks to support movement, and if the spine is not properly aligned discs can slip out of place. An out of place disc can then cause other painful issues or interfere with nerve function.

In order to understand bulging discs, you must understand how the spine functions. As mentioned before, the spine is composed of vertebrae, spinal discs, and the body’s nerves. Nerves stem from the brain down through the spine, and from there are distributed through the rest of the body. All motor, sensory and autonomic functions are carried through nerves, so by carrying the nerves to the brain, the spine has a very important job in protecting nerves from damage.

When the vertebrae are out of place, also called spinal subluxation, chiropractors will find align the spine through specialized adjustments. During a spinal alignment a chiropractor will position the patient in different positions, depending on their particular condition, and apply pressure to specific spots on the joint using his or her hands. The chiropractor then pushes the vertebrae outside the normal range of motion, but not farther than it should safely move. It is normal to hear a popping sound during alignments.

By keeping the spine properly aligned, the vertebrae and spinal discs stay in their proper places, preventing bulging discs. However, if not properly aligned it can interfere with nerve function, which can cause pain, disease, imbalance, fatigue and may even affect the immune system.

Spinal subluxation can be caused by anything from normal wear and tear on the body to a physical injury. Poor posture and physical jobs can also have a negative effect on the condition of the spine.

If you are experiencing pain in your back, don’t wait to see a chiropractor. Avoid the risk of bulging discs or spinal subluxation by scheduling an alignment for the sake of your overall health.

Set up your appointment at Gwinnett Medical Back & Neck Pain today!

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