One of the most common causes of back pain is a bulging or herniated disc. These conditions can occur at a moment’s notice or gradually develop over time due to muscular imbalances and improper posture. When a disc is compromised or stressed, the nerve fibers which sense pain in the disc, become extremely aggravated causing a mess of painful reactions and inflammation. When this occurs, a person suffers tremendously. Even simple tasks such as sitting, rolling over in bed and bending over are nearly impossible.The discs of the spine receive nourishment through blood vessels into a person’s early twenties. Over the years the normal aging process dehydrates the discs making them thinner. This process is called degeneration and is synonymous with arthritis. People with a history of trauma such as whiplash and sports injuries will degenerate more rapidly than others.

Bulging Discs – At the core of each disc is a jelly-like substance, called the nucleus. Excessive stress and degeneration cause the jelly-like material inside the disc to “bulge” or “slip” out of place. As this occurs, the bulge itself puts pressure on other structures near the disc, such as nerves causing intense pain. A person suffering from this condition may feel pain down their leg and experience tingling in their foot. When symptoms progress to this stage it is usually described as sciatica or radiculopathy.

All though discs conditions can lead to surgery most diagnoses are manageable with chiropractic and core strengthening. For more information on how to properly strengthen your core visit our Back Tracks Page.

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