The spine consists of bones (vertebrae) that are separated by small spongy discs, each of which has a tough outer casing and soft inner core. The term: "bulging” disc refers to one with an outer layer that is protruding beyond its usual size and shape. While bulging disc can be detected with an MRI, they may not cause symptoms. However, a “herniated” disc more likely to cause pain because its outer layer has been cracked and allowed its gel like core to escape through the weakened outer wall. Herniated (or slipped or ruptured) discs are not likely to go unnoticed because they may exert pressure or nearby nerves and cause pain, numbness, and/or weakness.
A chiropractor can help address back pain and other herniated disc symptoms. At your initial appointment, your chiropractor will go through your medical history, do a physical exam, and perform orthopedic and neurological tests.
To schedule an appointment, please call our clinic at 860-621-2225. We are located at 200 Queen Street Southington. Our practice has a unique approach of comprehensive care and is based on the premise of the Triad of Health, a combination of chiropractic, acupuncture, and nutrition.
P.S. A herniated disc in the lower back may produce sharp pain the leg, hip or buttocks.