Bulging discs can happen to anyone at any age. However, it is more common in older adults and people that are more involved in physical activity that is strenuous for long periods. It is highly important to understand the causes and symptoms associated with treating a bulging disc to prevent this issue from becoming worse over time. Often, it is best to visit a chiropractor for treatment. You can visit us here at Divergent Innovative Health Care in Calgary if you are seeking treatment for your condition.
Causes & Symptoms
Natural aging and disc degeneration are common causes of bulging discs. Other risk factors contribute to bulging discs. As we age, our spinal discs become more vulnerable to damage. Here are some of the possible causes of bulging discs:
- Back muscles that are weakened
- Bad posture such as during sleep, standing or sitting
- Heavy lifting or injury that puts a continuous strain on the disc
- Living a sedentary lifestyle or smokers
- Sports or activities that are high contact
- Runners who do not wear shoes with proper support
- Activities that put strain or stress on the spine
Little pain is noticed in individuals who have a bulging disc that hasn’t reached the herniation stage. This is why diagnosing a bulging disc can be difficult. Sometimes, no symptoms are present.
A variety of sensations can be felt though when the discs put pressure on nearby nerves. You may experience numbness or even tingling that can be anywhere from moderate to severe. Normally, when patients begin to feel these sensations, the disc has already reached the herniation stage. Some people also experience pain in the thighs, lower spine, buttocks, and feet. Difficulty walking or holding things are also symptoms of a bulging disc.
We offer safe and effective treatment for bulging discs. Treatments are non-invasive and do not involve any injections or drugs. Our doctors will perform a physical exam and other tests to determine a proper diagnosis before treatment. Your entire spine will be treated and you will also be given nutritional recommendations to continue living without pain.
We take a collaborative approach as our chiropractor and our in-house medical doctor will work together to address your health issues. Our clinic has developed effective protocols over the years using collaboration and a multi-disciplinary application. This approach widens the scope of our practice therefore resulting in a much better prognosis for the patient.
Our clinic also has multiple treatment options besides chiropractic care that can be used to treat bulging discs. We will conduct a thorough examination and take a medical history to determine the appropriate action needed to treat your bulging disc.
If you need to schedule an appointment, please give us a call here at Divergent Innovative Health Care in Calgary. Our full-service pain and injury clinic can get you on the right track to healing.