Discs are shock-absorbing cushions between the vertebrae of the spine. As we age, those discs start to harden and lose their elasticity. Meanwhile, the protective outer lining weakens, leaving the disc prone to breakage.
When the outer layer of the disc cracks, the spongy inner layer pushes out causing a bulging disc, also called a herniated or slipped disc. Sometimes the disc material presses against nerves, causing pain.
Inactivity and aging make you more likely to suffer a bulging disc, as they result in degenerative disc disease and collagen deficiency. Extra pressure against the discs from excess weight, a strained spine, or poor posture may also cause a disc to herniate.
Injuries are another major cause of herniated discs. Jolting car accidents, falls, collisions during sports, work-related accidents, and other injuries have all resulted in bulging discs.
To correctly diagnose a bulging disc, Dr. Dorn first asks a series of questions about your health history and everyday habits, and observes your posture. Then, he performs physical, orthopedic, and neurological exams to look for signs of a herniated disc.
After he makes his initial observations about your condition, he may order X-rays or an MRI to confirm his diagnosis. Imaging tests give a clear picture of your spine’s structural integrity for accurate diagnosis.
Dr. Dorn uses a combination of spinal adjustments and therapeutic exercises to improve your back stability and guide your disc away from the nerves. The manipulations also help bring your spine back into alignment, while the exercises improve your muscle tone and flexibility.
It’s important to take a proactive role in your own treatment. Dr. Dorn sends you home with at-home treatments, including relevant exercises and ergonomic considerations.
If you suspect you have a herniated disc or have already received a diagnosis, consider the nonsurgical solutions offered at the Baltimore Back & Pain Center. Call or use the online scheduler to make your first appointment.
At Baltimore Back and Pain Center, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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