A common source of back and spinal ailments are herniated and bulging discs. Both conditions affect the intervertebral disc – a spongy, oval-shaped “shock absorber” that is located between vertebrae. Although both conditions are often referred to interchangeably, there are key differences between the two.
A bulging disc is considered to be “contained”, meaning there is no tear or rupture in the disc itself. Instead, a small bubble forms in the disc, adding pressure and discomfort to the spinal cord.
A herniated disc indicates a rupture is present and a portion of the gel-like nucleus pulposus within the disc leaks out into the spinal canal. A herniated disc may have started out as a bulging disc but the building pressure has caused it to rupture.
Poor posture, spinal injury, and repetitive spinal strain are just some of the causes for bulging or herniated discs. They can sometimes take years to develop, often due to actions as simple as bending over at the waist rather than at the knees, adding unnecessary stress to the spinal column. However, the good news is that it is all preventable! Luminous Chiropractic can develop a plan to help you correct the affected discs and to get you back on the right track with corrected posture and proper methods to avoid a recurrence of this issue in the future. Let us take a look and schedule a consultation today!