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Bulged Disc, Herniated Disc & Degenerated Disc – Common Spinal Disk Symptoms

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Bulged, Herniated, Degenerated Discs – Common Findings and Symptoms

Listed below are the common symptoms of someone who is suffering with a bulged, herniated or decayed disc in either their neck or lower back.

  • Pain is often aggravated with certain movements, such as forward flexion, side or backwards bending, or while pulling, pushing or lifting.
  • Pain is often increased with coughing, sneezing or bowel movements.
  • If trauma induced, usually comes from bending forward to lift something of either heavy or light weight, an auto accident, fall or trauma.  With no trauma history, often comes about simply from the process of living.
  • Often recurs suddenly for no reason at all.  Crisis can occur from something so routine as picking up a pencil or making the bed.
  • Often feels as if something is swollen or enlarged at the site of the problem.
  • Often aggravated or made worse by prolonged sitting.
  • Feels like “moving the right way” would relieve the ‘catch’ but attempts to do so usually result in increased pain or no improvement.
  • Will experience certain positions of more or less comfort, such as sleeping in certain positions, sitting or walking in certain ways.
  • Can be accompanied by radiating numbness, tingling, pain or weakness into the shoulders and arms if a neck disc is involved, or into the hips, legs or feet lower back discs; creating anything from a dull ache to a intense pain.
  • Often made worse by sitting for extended periods of time.
  • Often aggravated by repetitions of lifting, squatting or leaning forward.
  • Often causes a pinching sensation in one’s back or neck when lying on their stomach or leaning too far backwards, forwards and/or from side to side.
  • Associated with muscle wasting, or loss of bowel or bladder control in extreme cases.
  • Often limits activities out of fear of increasing pain, or causing the pain to return.
  • Often causes one to rebalance their body in an attempt to ‘move away’ from the pain.
  • Often relieved with pain medications or muscle relaxants, but the pain returns when the medications wear off.
  • Seldom helped long-term by physical therapies such as diathermy, ultrasound or exercise alone.
  • Can force the posture into a sideways position, known as antalgia.
  • Is most frequently a progressive condition which seldom improves by itself and slowly worsens over time, especially without proper intervention.
  • Usually begins with episodes of mild to moderate pain or discomfort leading to pain and pain-free states , which are either ignored or not taken seriously until catastrophe strikes because, after all :everybody has a little back pain.”
  • Has been attributed to terminology such as “thinned disc, degenerative disc disease, arthritis of the spine, chronic back pain, or ‘sciatica’ which are all derivatives of various disc conditions; “slipped disc” which is an inaccurate term, or “muscle spasms, sprain, strain, or pulled muscles (which are all usually extremely inaccurate terms and diagnosis’.”

This list is not all inclusive and not all individuals experience the same symptoms with their unique circumstances.

An individual may suffer with a few or many of these symptoms, and they may be constant or of a “come and go” nature.

New Hope For Bad Backs and Necks

There is a wonderful non-surgical alternative available that has helped hundreds of thousands of people to reduce or eliminate pain associated with disc conditions, and/or avoid spinal surgery.

It’s called Non-Surgical Disc Decompression Therapy, and it frequently works even when nothing else will.  In fact, it often works even for those who have previously had surgery.

Safe, Drugless, Non-Surgical

Disc Decompression Therapy is a safe, drugless, non-surgical treatment to help in the relief, management and/or correction of low back pain and leg pain, neck and/or arm pain caused by troubled discs.

Decompression therapy relieves pain by unloading of the pressures of gravitational stress on the vertebral discs that irritate nerves and cause pain.  The gentle, stretching, revolving cycles help reduce pain allowing for natural healing.

Treatment is always provided “clothes on” and is safe, relaxing and enjoyable, so much that many patients actually fall asleep during treatment with their reduced state of pain.

For a complete article about spinal disc problems and to learn more about non-surgicalspinal  disc decompression therapy, please go to

About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic.   He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.