I’m 35. My doctor has diagnosed me with an L4-L5 bulging disc. It’s so painful. I feel I’m too young for this. Do I have to look forward to back pain for the rest of my life?
I’m sorry to hear about your pain. Low back pain does not discriminate. Eighty percent of Canadians will experience it at some time in their adult lives.
Bulging discs do not always cause pain. In fact, many people have one and don’t even know it. But sometimes the bulge extends so far that it presses on an adjacent nerve. When this happens, pain and other symptoms may result.
Fortunately, bulging discs are treatable.
A bulging disc is usually caused by trauma, but not exclusively by a sudden trauma like a sports injury or a fall. A bulge typically develops over time.
Here’s how: Generally, a bulge begins when there is a weakness in the disc wall. Movements like rotation and bending while lifting can put pressure on the disc. This pressure can result in inflammation. Inflammation can impair the nutrition of the spine and compromise the integrity of the disc, allowing the gel centre of the disc, called the nucleus, to bulge outwards.
A bulge can also develop simply as a factor of age or genetics.
A disc bulge can be exacerbated by repetitive stress that comes from daily activities such as heavy lifting, sports and other activities.
Many people have disc bulges that cause no pain or symptoms. These people don’t even know they have a bulge.
When the bulge becomes so large that symptoms develop, it’s time to be examined by a back pain expert, and explore treatment options.
Because you are experiencing pain, you should definitely be assessed to determine the diagnosis and appropriate treatment. There are many options available to patients today depending on the nature and severity of the problem: chiropractic, registered massage therapy, physiotherapy, yoga, and rest to name a few.
At Back Clinics of Canada, bulging disc is one of the more common back pain conditions we treat. We offer a treatment protocol that is non-invasive, non-surgical and drug-free. The care we provide directs healing forces at the specific spinal disc requiring care. This multi-pronged approach – The High Performance Healing SystemTM – combines non-surgical spinal decompression, Class IV K-laser therapy and nutritional supplementation to encourage healing at the source of the pain—in your case, a bulging disc.
As you explore your treatment options, consider the High Performance Healing SystemTM for safe and effective care.