When a herniation or bulge occurs, pressure may be put on a spinal nerve which can cause various symptoms including localized pain, pain into the arms or legs, numbness and tingling, and even weakness. Compression on a nerve root leads to pain, inflammation, and eventually deterioration.
Diagnosis of a herniated disc can be made through a physical examination and confirmed with an MRI.
Traditional treatments for herniated or bulging discs include chiropractic care, physical therapy, epidural injections, surgery, pain management, and non-steroidal anti inflammatory medication.
Herniated discs can also be treated through non-surgical spinal decompression therapy. Non surgical spinal decompression therapy focuses on taking pressure off the disc, which in turn, relieves pressure on the affected nerve reducing pain. Decompression works by creating negative intradiscal pressure allowing the affected disc to begin to resorb and increase nutrient imbibition. This results in a reduction of inflammation and pressure along the nerve root thereby reducing or eliminating pain.