In between your vertebrae are gel-filled discs that act as shock absorbers and assist in spinal movement. When a disc becomes damaged, it may bulge, pushing backward into the spinal canal. Bulging discs occur due to the weakening of the outer fibrous containment ring of the disc. Though they won’t disappear without surgery, they are treatable, and Dr. Kent Carlomagno of Summit Chiropractic Health and Longevity Center can discuss non-invasive treatment options with you once your bulging disc is diagnosed.
Approximately 90% of bulging discs occur in the lower back. Bulging discs usually occur as a result of degenerative disc disease, but they can also arise from injury. There is usually no pain associated with bulging discs, but they can cause discomfort in various parts of the body. For example, if a bulging disc occurs in the lumbar spine, it can press against the sciatic nerve, radiating pain through the buttocks and down the leg. Following the diagnosis of a bulging disc, Dr. Kent Carlomagno will recommend treatments designed to relieve symptoms. Most of the time, symptoms that arise from a bulging disc will subside with conservative treatment such as therapeutic exercises or electrical muscle stimulation.
If you are experiencing pain as a result of a bulging disc, please give us a call to discuss your treatment options. To learn more about the conditions we treat and the services we provide at Summit Chiropractic Health and Longevity Center, visit www.summitchiro.net for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kent Carlomagno in San Rafael, CA, call 415-721-7520.