A herniated disc is a rupture… a hernia. When the hernia occurs, the gel-like pulpous leaks from the center, and pushes against the disc outer wall. If it ruptures, a chemical is released that causes the nerves to swell. Bulging discs “bulge out” from between the vertebrae and press on the spinal cord and nerves causing mild to intense pain.
What You Notice
Pain from a bulged disk is similar to that of a herniated disc. Pain is more noticeable when you’re active, and seems to get better when you’re resting. Coughing, sneezing, sitting, driving and bending forward may make the pain worse. The pain gets worse because these movements put more pressure on the nerve.
The location of the pain depends on which disk is weak. How bad the pain is depends on how much of the disk is pressing on the nerve. Some people have pain in both legs. In some people, the legs or feet feel numb or tingly.
What It Feels Like
• Mild or intense back pain
• Shooting pains down one or both legs
• Sharp pain when twisting to the left or right
• Trouble controlling limbs, loss of balance
• Numbness and tingling in feet or legs
• Pain moving or lifting the arms, or moving legs
• Sciatic symptoms
What To Do
You may take some over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen, but only identifying and healing the disc will help the pain actually go away. You should immediately schedule an appointment with our office to receive anti-inflammatory WaveTherapy™ and decompression treatment to begin healing the disc.