Disc bulging (and herniations) are a natural part of the aging process. Yes, that’s right. As gravity pulls you down, you continue to age, and injuries catch up to you - your body starts to wear down, and degenerative processes begin. As a matter of fact, degeneration of the spine often begins before you are even 30 years old! When that back pain appears, an MRI might be the next step. If you have had an MRI of your spine, you may have hit the floor when looking at the report. It can be scary when you see multiple levels of your spine have disc bulges, degenerative changes, and herniations. Well, don’t worry - just because various levels of your spine are not perfect, it doesn’t mean that they’re all causing pain, and research shows us that you are in the right place! The truth is, you can have disc bulges and herniations that don’t cause pain. Our job is to perform a careful examination and determine which, if any, of your discs, are causing pain, numbness, or weakness. If you’re suffering from a disc bulge or herniation that is causing pain, adjustments may be exactly what you’re looking for. Over 90% of patients with disc herniations reported being better or much better following chiropractic care within the first two weeks of receiving adjustments, over 55% of patients reported significant improvement. Not only is chiropractic care a great step when it comes to back pain from disc herniations, but also from neck and arm pain. You know the kind, nagging neck pain that slows you down and keeps you from doing the things you love. Millions of people every year suffer from neck and arm pain caused by a disc herniation. Sometimes the pain is caused by an injury, other times people just seem to wake up one day with numbness or tingling. Things we do everyday like sitting at a desk, awkward sleeping positions, and just getting older can all contribute to neck pain and disc problems. The good news is, you don’t have to rely on medications, injections, or surgeries to get back your quality of life. Medications and injections tend to mask the problem and can have dangerous side effects. Maintaining an active lifestyle by eating right, exercising, and getting consistent chiropractic care can help your body fend off these degenerative processes. Chiropractic adjustments not only help provide fantastic pain relief, but they also help correct the underlying problem so you can find long-term relief, and even avoid something as serious as surgery. Sadly, we all know someone who has gone through spine surgery and has just never been the same. They may have gone into surgery hoping for a “quick” fix for 20, 30, or 40 years of neglect, but come out the same or worse than they began. Some people even go through multiple surgeries on a constant hunt to get back their quality of life. Although surgery may be the best option for some conditions, it should be a last resort because of its invasive nature - even surgeons will tell you this! Try getting evaluated by a doctor of chiropractic first and do at least 4-6 weeks of conservative care before heading to the OR. Your chiropractor will recommend further medical care if you need it. Top research publications have found that surgeries often aren’t the best way to improve your quality of life when you have a disc herniation. In fact, chiropractic adjustments have been shown to provide just as much improvement as surgery, without any of the risks. Most of the patients who were considered surgical candidates for a disc herniation improved with chiropractic care to the same degree as those who had undergone surgery. Surgery is always the last resort, never the first option. Our bodies are designed to heal, even from disc herniations. Natural, conservative health care works with your body to improve your quality of life and get rid of your pain. Sharing is one of the best ways to show you care for your friends and family. Share it with a friend or family member who recently had an MRI of their spine, experience back, neck, or arm pain, or had spinal surgery. They may be scared and unsure of what to do next. However, once they are able to understand their condition, and that conservative care is their best option, they will be able to make a smart decision about their health! We love sharing the real message of health with our community.