Disc Bulge

A spinal disc bulge, or a 'slipped disc', is a common cause of low back pain. The spine is made up of a series of vertebrae-disc-vertebrae segments with the disc generally acting to provide some cushion and maintain alignment of the joints. Each disc is made up of a gel-like center with fibrous outer rings. The discs are similar to a ballon filled with air, if one side is squeezed, the air moves to the other side. When the discs are compressed under high load (like lifting) or compressed frequently (such as sitting all day) the fibrous rings breakdown leading to a ballooning of the disc from its original position causing compression of the nerve root or the spinal cord. The compression or irritation of the nerve root leads to local back pain with leg pain in the corresponding dermatome. The leg pain felt in a disc bulge case typically does not radiate past the knee. If pain radiates past the knee, a more serious condition called a disc herniation may be present.

A lumbar disc bulge is most commonly treated with Flexion Distraction therapy or spinal distraction. Our chiropractors use a special table designed specifically to decompress the spine and take the pressure off of the lumbar disc helping to decrease compression of the irritated nerve. By taking the pressure off of the nerve in the low back, your leg symptoms will decrease and the local back pain will dissipate. The therapy is usually coupled with using Active Release Technique (ART) on the muscles of the lower back, hip, and leg to further decrease the compression on the sciatic nerve or pinched nerve. Using the electric muscle stimulation can further help to decrease the nerve pain and help to temporarily block the bodies ability to sense the pain, like a natural ibuprofen.  We also integrate a combination of chiropractic care, physical therapy, and functional rehab that will help get you out of pain and back to enjoying the activities you love-faster. Low back pain relief can typically be seen in just a few visits.


Your Boulder Sport Chiropractors, Dr. Alyx Brown and Dr. Steve Brown, have treated many cases involving discogenic pain and disc bulge injuries with an extremely high success rate. Click here to make an appointment to get low back pain relief now.