The disc is like a jelly doughnut. It has a jelly center and a tighter outer ring. 80% of the disc is made up of water. When the disc bulges the integrity of the disc is still present but its like you push on a water balloon on one side and it sticks out on the other. A bulging disc can create pressure on an exiting nerve root or on the spinal cord itself.
We utilize spinal decompression which is a traction device that gently stretches the spine in order to reduce the pressure on the nerve and joints. This is a comfortable treatment and works well with reducing pain. If there is not a positive response to the decompression therapy within 30 days of treatment we refer out for additional consultation to a medical practitioner. Muscle strength and loss of reflex, or altered sensation are all signs that need to be monitored during conservative treatment.