How to Prevent Herniated Discs (AKA Bulging Discs)

Natural Treatment for Herniated Discs (AKA Bulging Discs)

Conditions Treated in Huntersville NC

Wondering how to prevent back pain? Learn from a Huntersville chiropractor that treats herniated discs.

Your spine is comprised of a series of stacked bones called vertebrae. Between the vertebrae flat, round cushioning pads (also called intervertebral discs) act as shock absorbers, protecting the vertebrae from damage. These shock absorbers and soft on the inside and tough on the outside.

A herniated disc — also called a slipped disc, bulging disc or ruptured disc — occurs when the tough outer sheath bursts and some of the soft gel inside the disc is pressed out of its protective covering. This disruption of the shock absorbers causes pressure on the nerves near the disc, which is why a herniated disc can be very painful.

Herniated Disc Symptoms

Some herniated discs are asymptomatic, meaning you might not know you have a bulging disc. However, it is common to experience the following symptoms:

  • Sciatica pain, which is pain that radiates to the buttocks, legs, and feet
  • Tingling or numbness in the legs or feet
  • Muscle weakness
  • Pain near or over the shoulder blade
  • Pain that radiates to the shoulder, arm, hand and fingers
  • Neck pain and neck muscle spasms

Herniated Disc Risk Factors

Discs rupture when the outer sheath of the disc is weakened or tears. This usually happens because of:

  • Aging
  • Degeneration
  • Obesity
  • A sudden strain (this is often caused by improper lifting techniques or from twisting violently)

Herniated Disc Prevention Tips

Learn how to lift weights and heavy objects properly. When lifting, you’re your knees, keep your back straight, and use your leg muscles to move the weight.

  • Stay at a healthy weight.
  • Maintain good posture and perform core exercises to strengthen your core.
  • Sit at your desk in an ergonomically correct position, with your feet flat on the floor (knees at 90 degree angle) or feet elevated.
  • Sleep on your side and on a firm mattress.
  • Stretch often.

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Looking for a Huntersville Chiropractor That Treats Herniated Discs?

Herniated discs are common. Give us a call at 704-947-7272 for a free assessment and office tour. Dr. Doyle has been treating herniated and bulging discs for over a decade. Ask questions, get answers, and find a natural way to live your healthiest life possible.

9:30am - 12:30pm
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9:30am - 12:30pm
3:00pm - 6:00pm

9:30am - 12:30pm
3:00pm - 6:00pm

9:30am - 12:30pm
3:00pm - 6:00pm

9:30am - 12:30pm
3:00pm - 6:00pm

10:00am - 2:00pm

Doyle Chiropractic & Acupuncture
9630 Sherrill Estates Road Suite B
Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 947-7272

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Serving Huntersville Since 2004
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