For every full-time worker in America, two workdays are lost due to back pain; that means over 264 work days per year. Back pain is experienced at some point by about 80% of the population. Many of these back problems are due to bulging discs. In fact, estimates reveal that as many as 90% of adults over age 30 will have at least one episode of back pain. It will probably be the result of one of three disc problems: a herniated disc, spinal stenosis or a bulging disc.
The spinal column is comprised of vertebral bones stacked one on top of the other and separated by soft cartilage discs between. These discs act as cushions between the vertebrae. Each one is shaped to exactly fit in the space between the bones. There is a tough cartilage layer on the outside and inside is a gel-like substance.
Through the years, with aging or sometimes through injury or excessive stress, the discs may lose shape. In some instances, a bulge may form, causing the disc to protrude out from its normal position. This can happen anywhere along the spinal column. The disc loses volume in the inner gel layer, causing the tough outer layer to bulge out around the perimeter. In some instances, it could be most of the disc, and in other circumstances only a quarter or half the disc is bulging.
A bulging disc does not always cause pain, but when it becomes irritated or the protrusion presses against a nerve, it can be quite painful. Unfortunately, the pain you experience as a result of a bulging disc will not always reveal its source. For example, you may have headaches, and they may be caused by a bulging disc in your neck. A weak leg or feelings of numbness or tingling may indicate a problem with a disc in your lower back.
While the symptoms of a bulging disc can resolve without any intervention, if pain leaves you unable to participate in your daily routines, Dr. Rolland Miro of Manhattan Sports Therapy can help. Treatment options include non-invasive methods of reducing the irritation caused by bulging discs. Dr. Miro has expertise as a chiropractor, physical therapist and sports medicine specialist which, combined, provide you with pain relieving care and help you get back to your normal routine.
Exercises to strengthen supporting muscles and correct posture go a long way in providing pain relief. Treatments to increase mobility and flexibility help reduce pain. Other treatment components include nutrition and lifestyle counseling.
Non-Invasive Approach to Pain Relief
Pain from bulging discs can often be reduced or eliminated with the proper care and changes in lifestyle. Poor posture is often a culprit in disc problems. Hunching over your keyboard, sitting for long periods of time, poor posture while sitting or standing and incorrect movements while lifting objects can create or exacerbate disc problems.
Learning how to correctly lift objects, stand or sit with good posture and spinal care helps keep pain at bay and allows your body an opportunity to heal itself. While many factors go into completely relieving pain and restoring health to the bulging disc, physical treatment with chiropractic manipulation, sports medicine and physical therapy are often extremely effective. In fact, many people report having lasting results after completing treatment.
Our bodies have an amazing capacity for self-healing under the right circumstances. Alternative treatments promote healing and reduce discomfort. Many patients have better results with spinal manipulation and exercise than more invasive methods of treatment. Patient surveys show that these therapies can be more effective than taking medication for pain relief.
If back pain is interrupting your lifestyle, contact Manhattan Sports Therapy, and schedule an appointment with Dr. Miro. Under his expert care, you will soon be back in the game again.