Spinal discs are layers of cartilage that are located in between the spine’s vertebrae. They act as cushions for the vertebrae. Discs are composed of two layers of cartilage: a tougher, outer layer that encases a softer, inner layer.
A herniated disc is a disc that has a crack in its outer layer of cartilage. The soft, inner layer of cartilage is able to seep through this crack and protrude out of the disc. Herniated discs are often painful. Herniated discs are also known as slipped or ruptured discs.
A bulging disc is a disc that bulges out of the space it normally occupies. The layer that protrudes, however, is the outer, tough cartilage. In a bulging disc, this layer isn’t cracked, so the inner, soft layer doesn’t seep out. Bulging discs are more common than herniated discs, but bulging discs usually aren’t painful.
There are several ways to treat a bulging disc. In many cases, patients simply need to avoid lifting heavy items, rest for a little while, and make lifestyle changes, such as losing weight. When these basic treatments aren’t enough, a health care provider might recommend:
In severe cases, patients may need an epidural steroid injection, pain medication, or surgical procedure. Most of the time, however, the more conservative and natural treatments mentioned above are effective.
Patients who need an epidural steroid, prescription medication, or surgery should see a medical doctor for treatment. Patients who want to explore the less invasive treatments that are available may want to go to a chiropractor. While medical doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapists are all able to recommend lifestyle changes, stretches, and exercises, chiropractic treatments, and spinal decompression therapy are usually performed by a chiropractor.
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