Herniated disc / Bulging Disc
What causes a herniated disc/bulging disc?
The low back can withstand tremendous forces without injury. However, if the low back is out of alignment or has weakened supporting muscles, something as simple as taking a bag of groceries can cause a low back injury. A herniated disc occurs when excessive pressure is placed on the soft, spongy cushion material between the bones of the spine causing them to move out of place. The disc can also become injured and start to break down. If the disc is near a nerve, it can cause pain, numbness, and weakness. The person feels this radiate to other areas of the body where the nerve travels, frequently including the arms and legs.. Herniated/bulging discs can be a source of intense and debilitating pain that negatively effects your life.
How is a herniated disc/bulge treated?
Unfortunately, once a disc herniates/bulges, they rarely, if ever, completely heal. Further deterioration can often be avoided through regular chiropractic care, but a complete recovery is much less common. Dr. Ressler uses a special flexion-distraction table, this specialized table is widely used today for cervical and lumbar disc herniation, as well as to increase spinal joint mobility and non-disc spinal disorders. He can also work with your local orthopedic doctors and therapists to manage the injury should you not respond to conservative care.