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Do you have Spinal disc bulge?

September 20, 2021

Do you experience back pain after lifting something off the ground?

When you bend forward does your back pain/ pins and needles get worse?

Is the pain sometimes worse in the morning?

Then you may have a disc bulge.

However not to fear, many people will have disc bulges in their lifetime and never even realise, with the prevalence of disc bulges in asymptomatic populations ranging from 20% in young adults to >75% in patients older than 70 years of age.

In fact if we were to MRI your spine before an accident there may even be disc bulges in other areas of your spine. When bulging disc matter compresses the nerves that supply the disc or the nerves that supply the limbs of the body, it can cause pain and neurological symptoms. It usually occurs at the bottom of the spine because of the spines shape and increased load this area takes.

In people between the ages of 25-55 years old have an approximately 95 percent chance of herniated discs occurring either at L4-L5 or L5-S1

To understand a disc bulge we must first understand what a disc is.

A disc is a rubbery pad between the spinal bones that acts like a shock absorber to cushion the spine. From a bird’s eye view they look like a cross section of a tree, with concentric rings that get smaller the further you get to the centre.

In the middle of the disc is a jelly-like centre called the nucleus proposa. For a disc bulge to happen the outer layers (called the annulus) tear, usually from a combination of flexion and rotation, like tearing a yellow pages book. This can then allow that jelly like matter to push through the concentric layers and bulge out from the disc and cause the symptoms mentioned above.

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How can we help?

Manual therapy has been demonstrated in research to be an effective way of improving spinal mobility and reducing pain in patients with disc bulges and can aid in a person’s recovery time.

At The Art Of Healing we pride ourselves on our bespoke approach to  treating disc bulges, which uses a mixture of osteopathy, manual therapy, dry needling to reduce muscle tension allow space for the disc.

We also use the the latest in orthopaedic and medical research for rehabilitation and techniques, such as our new IDD machine (Intervertebral Differential Dynamics machine), which is a successful and trusted cost effective, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment for back pain, neck pain and related problems caused by disc bulges.

Book a treatment today. As a clinic we have helped hundreds of patients suffering with disc bulges and offer guaranteed same day hands on treatment with our expert team to give you relief from your symptoms and develop plans for future progression

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