Cartilage pads called intervertebral discs lie between adjacent vertebrae in the spine. Each disc creates a fibro cartilaginous joint to permit marginal movement of the vertebrae, and functions as a ligament to secure the vertebrae. Healthy discs have a spongy consistency, thick and flexible. This allows the spine to bend and twist. An unhealthy disc is rigid, which makes it prone to bulging or herniation. Over time, spinal discs can compress or degenerate due to trauma, chronic joint dysfunction, or merely gravity. This constant compression prevents vital oxygen and nutrients from flowing into the disc, causing the outer layers to soften; thus, facilitating the onset of injury or disease. The discs of the neck (cervical spine) and lower back (lumbar spine) are the most prone to injury.
Significant disc damage can result in a bulging disc, or even a tear, called a herniation. Sometimes, the gelatinous material inside the disc bulges out through a vulnerable area in the tough outer layer resulting in a Ruptured Disc. As well, the gelatinous center of the disc dehydrates as we age and Degenerative Disc Disease can set in. All forms of disc injury can distress the nerves exiting the spine, leading to a “pinched nerve,” causing numbness, tingling, burning or sharp pain down the arms or legs. A sharp pain originating in the back and “shooting” down the legs is Sciatica.
The most effective treatment available for Bulging Discs is Non-Surgical Spinal Disc Decompression using the DTS Spinal Decompression Device.
A Bulging Disc is generally a precursor to a more serious condition known as a Herniated Disc. A Herniated Disc differs from a Bulging Disc in that the outer layers of the disc actually weaken to the point of tearing. A Herniated Disc is considerably more serious than a Bulging Disc.
Disc Bulge / Disc Herniation Symptoms
Spinal nerve irritation is usually the root cause of symptoms related to Herniated and Bulging Discs. As the nerves exit the spine through the foramen, to which the spinal discs are in proximity, gelatinous material bulging from the disc can “pinch” these nerves. This can create a number of painful and sometimes debilitating symptoms.
Disc Bulge / Herniated Disc of the Lower Back: Lumbar Spine Disc Bulge
A Bulging Disc in the lower back can result in pain, numbness, tingling, burning, sharp pain or weakness in the legs or feet.
Disc Bulge / Herniated Disc of the Neck: Cervical Spine Disc Bulge
A Disc Bulge in the neck can lead to neck pain, or in more severe cases, numbness, tingling, burning, sharp pain or weakness in the arms or hands.
Treatment Using the DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy System
DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy is a non-surgical, state-of-the-art treatment, which alleviates severe back and neck pain. During a DTS treatment, spinal vertebrae slowly and gently separate, which reduces disc pressure. As this occurs, a vacuum forms which “sucks” the gelatinous center back into the disc, thereby reducing the Disc Bulge. This relieves spinal nerve pressure and significantly reduces pain, and allows vital oxygen and nutrients to flow into the injured discs, thus initiating and expediting the healing process.