Before exploring surgical options for bulging disc treatment, you should try conservative treatment options for a few months. Most people are able to manage bulging disc symptoms with a combination of conservative treatment options.
What is a chiropractor?
A chiropractor is a licensed healthcare professional who diagnoses and treats neuromuscular disorders. A chiropractor treats spine disorders with manual adjustments and manipulation of the spine. Chiropractic care is considered a complementary and alternative form of treatment for a bulging disc. Chiropractic treatment can be an attractive form of conservative treatment for a bulging disc as treatment is non-invasive, drug-free and can complement other traditional forms of conservative treatment. Generally a chiropractor will look at your condition as a whole-body issue and offer recommendations on stress relief, nutrition and other lifestyle modifications in addition to chiropractic care in the office setting.
What bulging disc treatment does a chiropractor provide?
Some people find that chiropractic care can help to reduce the pressure of a bulging disc and give the spine the opportunity to heal itself. During a session with a chiropractor for bulging disc treatment, he or she may use any of the following techniques:
- Gently stretch the spine to increase the space between the vertebrae to relieve pressure
- Have you lie down on special cushions to help align your spine and allow gravity to balance out your pelvis and spinal column
- Manual manipulation and adjustment techniques to correct dislocations in the spine
- Spinal decompression therapy using a traction table or inversion table
- Ultrasound therapy that delivers heat and vibration to the affected area to increase healing and reduce pain
How to choose a chiropractor for bulging disc treatment?
As with any important decision you should do some research and get recommendations before choosing a chiropractor. Ask your primary care physician and trusted friends for their recommendations on a good local chiropractor. Make sure the chiropractor that you select is educated and licensed. Additional items to check before scheduling an initial consultation with a chiropractor are whether or not any complaints have been made against the chiropractor and whether or not any actions have been filed against the chiropractor by the licensing board. In the initial consultation you can ask questions about the effectiveness of the chiropractor’s methods, how often treatment is required, if their methods are evidence-based and if they embrace other conservative treatment options in addition to chiropractic treatment.