Bulging Disc

Bulging Disc Pain Treatment in CT & NY

A bulging disc, also known as a herniated disc, is a condition that occurs when the soft center of a spinal disc pushes through a crack in the tough exterior casing. Some bulging discs cause no symptoms, while others can irritate nearby nerves and result in pain, numbness, or weakness in an arm or leg.

Symptoms of a Bulging Disc

A bulging disc can occur in the lower back and the neck. Symptoms will depend on where the disc is located and if it is pressing against a nerve. Common symptoms of a bulging disc include:

  • Shooting pain in the arm or leg
  • Numbness or tingling in the arm or leg
  • Arm or leg weakness

Causes of a Bulging Disc

A bulging disc can be caused by the natural aging process and disc degeneration. Other potential causes for a bulging disc include:

  • Continuous strain on the disc from injury or heavy lifting
  • Weakened back muscles
  • Trauma
  • Poor posture
  • Obesity

Treatment for a Bulging Disc

The treatment recommended for patients is determined by the underlying cause. A bulging disc can be treated by chiropractic techniques, stretching and physical therapyAcupuncture and spinal decompression therapy are also effective methods in treating a bulging disc.

At Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation of NY & CT, we offer a variety of personalized treatments to help you find relief. To learn more about which treatment is right for you, schedule an appointment today!