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There are shock-absorbing discs that should fit perfectly between each of the vertebrae in your spine, allowing nerves to pass comfortably out from your spinal cord to all the rest of the areas of your body. These discs have a tough, but flexible outer covering with a softer, jelly-like center. As we age, these discs may lose some of their hydration and start bulging. A bulging disc is also referred to as a protruding disc. These are common in the neck and lower back and some people may even have them without any pain or symptoms. A herniated disc is one in which the tougher outer covering has cracked, allowing some of the inner filling to slip out, causing a herniation that can pinch nerves. This may lead to back or neck pain and even numbness and tingling in areas of the body controlled by the affected nerves. Fortunately, our chiropractor in Irvine can provide effective treatment and relief for disc problems.
Why does a disc become bulged or herniated and allow its filling to slip out and pinch nerves? There are several things that could cause a protrusion or herniation:
Fortunately, there are drug-free, non-surgical bulging disc or herniated disc treatment options that our chiropractor Dr. Lee can offer for long-term pain relief so you can get back to an active lifestyle:
If you are suffering due to a bulging disc or herniated disc condition, there is hope for relief! Please reach out to us and schedule an appointment today: (949) 552-2100.