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Seek a Chiropractor for Bulging Disc Assessment and Treatment
Hi, I’m Dr. Matthew Alch (Chiropractor) and I’m your local Chiropractor. Chiropractors often help with bulging discs. Find out more on this page, or book your chiropractic consultation now.
Chiropractors focus on the spine and can provide insight into damaged discs — what they are, how they happen, and how to find relief. We can answer your questions like this and more. Consulting with use for a disc bulge is a wise choice.
Surprising, you can have a bulging or herniated disc without symptoms or pain. However for those who have a disc bulge and feel pain, they certainly know it.
Diagnosis to confirm the extent of your bulging or herniated disc
Tailored chiropractic care according to your needs
Rehabilitation exercises and stretches recommended, for better results
Dr. Matthew Alch (Chiropractor) – Sydney Spinal Care
Diagnostic imaging can help to identify curvature of your spine
What is a Disc?
The term ‘disc’ in the spinal column refers to the intervertebral discs positioned between most vertebrae. These discs can be thought of as similar to jam doughnuts; they consist of a softer inner centre known as the nucleus pulposus (comparable to the ‘jam’) and a stronger outer layer referred to as the annulus fibrosus (similar to the ‘dough’).
Your spine consists of 23 discs.
- 6 in the cervical region (neck)
- 12 in the thoracic region (middle back), and
- 5 in the lumbar region (lower back).
Common Disc Issues
The spinal canal is located behind the vertebrae and discs. This channel contains the spinal cord and spinal nerve roots. Damaged discs often cause problems in this area. A disc bulge occurs when the “dough” sags and pushes into the spinal canal. A herniated disc occurs when the “jam” pushes through the dough and into the spinal canal.
Pain and dysfunction can strike when the disc presses on nerve tissue like the spinal cord or spinal nerves. Burning, tingling, shooting pain, and weakness may result. Disc bulges or herniations can occur in the neck (cervical), middle back (thoracic), or lower back (lumbar) areas. The position determines the possible symptoms.
Discs can also deteriorate and wear out, becoming dehydrated, split, and narrower. This can apply excessive force to the vertebral joints, resulting in pain, discomfort, and impaired function. While bulging discs are equally common by gender, disc degeneration is more common in men.
The Most Frequently Occurring Location for Disc Issues
Where do most disc issues occur? Specifically at the point where the lumbar (“L”) and sacral (“S”) regions meet at the L5-S1 level. The L5 S1 disc bulge, then, is the most common site. Together with the disc above it (L4 L5), these two areas account for nearly 95% of disc bulges and herniations in people aged 25-55. The lower back is the most prevalent area for disc issues.
Seek a Chiropractor for Bulging Disc Assessment and Treatment
What can a Chiropractor do for bulging disc? Some people search online for specific things such as ‘chiropractor for l4 l5 bulging disc’, or ‘l5 s1 disc bulge’.
We’ll provide a diagnosis on your disc issue, identify the location of the problem, and recommend appropriate treatment.
We are highly trained professionals with at least five years of university education in the field of spine and its related issues. We know the spine intimately.
We will take a thorough medical history, conduct specific tests, and examine your spine to determine the problem. We will then explain our findings and provide recommendations for treatment and recovery.
How Long Will Recovery Take?
How long does a herniated disc take to heal? This is such a common and important question! Once we have assessed your history and spine thoroughly, we can provide a considered, more accurate answer.
Disc Pain FAQs
How common are disc injuries/disc herniation?
You are not alone if you experience the symptoms of a herniated or bulging disc. It’s a common condition. Research published in the American Journal of Neuroradiology revealed that disc issues affect 30% of 20-year-olds and up to 84% of 80-year-olds show signs of a bulging disc.
What are the most common causes of disc herniation that we see?
Disc injuries are most common in the lumbar spine at the L5 disc as well as the cervical spine most common at the C4 or C5 disc.
Disc injuries and herniation commonly occur from bad lifting techniques or repetitive stresses on the lumbar spine.
Tips to avoid disc injury
Some general tips to avoid disc injury include:
- Good lifting technique
- Having or working on a strong core and
- Minimal weight bearing lifting with rotation.
These are good ways to minimise disc injuries.
How long does a herniated disc take to heal?
Disc injuries can take up to 6-8 weeks to heal. Time and recovery differs between patients depending on the severity of the injury and if there is any compression on the nerve from the disc injury.
What are the different techniques you use to both diagnose, and then treat, a herniated disc or disc pain?
Diagnosis of a disc injury can be done in the office using specific orthopaedic tests. CT and or MRI is also very useful in disk analysis and can also tell the severity of the disk injury as well as any compression on the associated nerve root.
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Why Choose Sydney Spinal Care?
What sets us apart?
- Take advantage of our $90 New Patient Consultation (includes your first chiropractic adjustment as well).
- We’ll provide you with a full assessment of your case to determine if chiropractic can help you
- Our 25+ years experience means that we offer you a tried and true experience, backed by our reputation
- Instant health fund claims available on-site
- We are fully accredited with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), as well as members of the Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA).
Our patient-centred approach here at Sydney Spinal Care will make sure you have a great chiropractic experience with us!
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