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Herniated and Bulging Disc

Chiropractor & Weight Loss Specialist located in Tempe, AZ

Herniated and Bulging Disc

Herniated and Bulging Disc services offered in Tempe, AZ


Herniated discs are a common musculoskeletal issue, affecting up to 2% of adults each year. At Chirowell in Tempe, Arizona, Jae Chang, DC, provides high-quality care for herniated discs using minimally invasive and holistic treatments. After an exam and review of your symptoms, Dr. Chang can make recommendations to help you feel better. Call Chirowell today to request treatment for a herniated disc or book online.

Herniated and Bulging Disc Q&A

What are herniated discs?

A herniated, or “bulging” discs, occur when one of your vertebral discs moves out of position. 

Vertebral discs are small, round pieces of soft tissue that cushion your vertebrae (the bones that make up your spine). The discs prevent your vertebrae from rubbing against each other, allowing you to bend and twist with ease. 

If a vertebral disc changes position because of trauma or general wear-and-tear, it can result in chronic pain and mobility issues. Fortunately, there are various treatments that can provide relief.

What are the symptoms of bulging discs?

Symptoms of bulging discs include:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Tingling and numbness
  • Pain when you move your arms or turn your back
  • Pins and needles sensations in your shoulders or limbs

If you have a herniated disc in your lower back, you might also develop sciatica –– a condition characterized by pain in the buttocks and lower back.

When should I see a chiropractor about a herniated disc?

Make an appointment with Dr. Chang at Chirowell if you have symptoms of a herniated disc and they don’t improve after a few days with at-home treatment, like ice and rest. That’s especially true if the pain extends to your arms or legs.

How are bulging discs diagnosed?

Dr. Chang reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including where the pain started, where it occurs, and if certain activities, like walking, make it worse.

Next, Dr. Chang completes a physical exam. He checks your back and neck for bruising or swelling, gently presses your skin to identify sensitive areas, and assesses your reflexes and muscle strength. He also orders several diagnostic tests, including an MRI, X-rays, or CT scan to get a better look at your vertebrae and vertebral discs.

How are herniated discs treated?

At Chirowell, Dr. Chang treats herniated discs using an integrative and holistic approach. Depending on your age and symptoms, he might recommend:

  • Zone Chiropractic adjustments
  • Physical therapy
  • Ice and heat therapy
  • Proper ergonomics to improve your posture
  • Spinal decompression
  • Whole-body vibration
  • Spinal hygiene

If you have a bulging disc that’s exacerbated by weight issues, you might also be a candidate for a medically supervised weight loss program.

Call Chirowell to explore the various treatment options for herniated discs or book online today.