Bulging Disc Treatment in Melbourne
A healthy spine offers us the support and means to move with flexibility and ease. The bones and intervertebral discs that make up our spine are usually able to endure a high degree of pressure, and the Discs also work as shock absorbers that keep the vertebral bones separate. However, there could be times when the unnatural or abnormal neck and back movement could cause injury, trauma and Disc damage, resulting in acute pain and limitations in easy movement. There are a variety of terms associated with spinal injuries, such as Herniated or Ruptured Disc, Bulging Disc, Disc Prolapse, Slipped Disc and Pinched Nerve.
This injury could affect any part from your upper to the lower back, as well as cervical spine. This can really affect your quality of life on a daily level, and can also hold you back from doing the things you want to. At My Health Chiro, this is exactly what we do not want.
Regular symptoms of spinal injury
Any Disc injury will be characterized by certain common symptoms like pain and mobility issues. These can be sudden or can be triggered by certain movements or actions, and could be intermittent or even linger on for days. The actual symptoms depend upon the location of injury. Some common symptoms could be:
- Severe shooting pain in the back, neck or arms
- Pins & needles in the leg
- Pain in the buttocks, thighs, legs or feet
- Muscle spasms in the back
- Numbness / burning / tingling sensation in the spine
- Difficulty to maintain posture
- Restrictions or limitations in movement
- Muscle weakness
- Antalgic posture and altered gait
- General stiffness
If you experience any of these symptoms, we advise you to consult with our bulging Disc specialist in Melbourne at the earliest, so that you can prevent further aggravation of the issue.
Diagnosis of Bulging Disc in Melbourne
At My Health Chiro, we start our diagnostic process by taking a detailed medical history accompanied with a physical examination and imaging tests such as a CT scan or an MRI. This allows us to get to the root cause of the symptoms, and prescribe custom strategies to help you achieve your wellness goals.
How To Treat Bulging Disc
The treatment plan for a Bulging Disc will be based on the location of the pain, its severity and pathophysiology. There are many treatment options, which include over the counter anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, flexibility and strengthening exercises, lifestyle management and surgery.
At My Health Chiro, we emphasis a variety of chiropractic techniques along with self-management and lifestyle changes. Depending upon the cause and degree of pain, our chiropractors will adopt any of the following techniques:
Manual Spinal Manipulation / Adjustment:
This entails manual repositioning of a joint to improve the overall curvature, alignment and flexibility of the spine, and reduce pressure and pain on the nerve.
Also known as Flexion-Distraction Therapy, the focus here is to mobilize joints through the stretching of the lumbar and thoracic spine to reduce the pressure on the disc and bring about ease and improvement in spinal movement.
This technique is adopted for acute injury where there is severe mobility restriction. Our chiropractors assist the patient to perform gentle stretching to open up joints and speed up the healing of tissues.
In this, handheld mechanical instruments are used to provide a low-force impulse at strategic joints, to allow for easy joint movement. This technique is suitable for all.
SOT (Sacro Occipital) Pelvic Blocking
This is a common technique used for joint pain reduction in the pelvis and sacrum areas, as well as extremities such as foot, ankle, knee and the like.
Our chiropractors will create a tailor-made plan, which will include specific exercises that you can follow even post your treatment. We understand the importance of maintaining the right mindset, to speed up the healing process. This usually works for most patients and alleviates the need for surgery.
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The key causes of a bulging Disc
There can be many causes for Disc injury and degeneration, such as:
A bad posture or repetitive forceful motion that involves bending or lifting heavy weights can cause postural / bio-mechanical stress and Disc degeneration.
Some studies show a higher propensity to develop spinal injury if it is present in the family, due to lower density of fibrocartilaginous fibres.
This could be a result of a severe accident or a fall, which can cause extreme shock and damage to the Discs. Those in bad vehicle accidents are more likely to experience this.
Obesity and Low Core Strength
Excess weight, combined with lower limb strength can cause undue pressure on the spinal Discs, and low core strength could increase the likelihood of injury.
While injury can happen at any age, it is observed to be more common among those at an advanced age due to increased wear and tear.
Living a sedentary life that entails sitting for long hours at a stretch and limited exercise could also lead to increased wear and tear resulting in a herniated disc.
Habits like regular smoking could also play havoc on spine health, by reducing the oxygen supply to the discs and causing them to lose their strength.
Different Types of Disc Injuries
Despite being filled mainly with water, Discs are sensitive to impact and injury. But not all disc injuries are the same. Most disc injuries can easily be categorized into four key types.
This is a minor injury, in which there is a slight tear to the outer surface of the disc. There may or may not be a visible bulge.
This is a moderate injury, in which the gel-like substance at the core of the disc breaks through the annulus fibrosus or outer surface of the disc. This is usually accompanied by a slight bulge.
Large Central Rupture / Posterolateral Rupture
This is just a more severe form of partial herniation and is accompanied with a visibly larger bulge.
Complete Herniation or Slipped Disc
This is characterized by a large rupture due to which the disc loses its shape and consistency, due to the leakage of its gel-like substance through the outer layer.
Often confused to be the same as a Herniated Disc, a Bulging Disc differs in the way that there is a bulge without any rupture or leakage of the inner gel-like core. This bulge can place pressure on the surrounding nerves. This not only can be excruciatingly painful but can also impact regular nerve function.