Can a Chiropractor help your disc bulge in Grand Rapids MI?

Can a Chiropractor help your disc bulge? in Grand Rapids MI

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Can a chiropractor help with disc bulges in Grand Rapids MI?

Millions of Americans suffer from disc bulges every year and millions more have disc bulges that are undiagnosed. If you are suffering from pain and discomfort there is hope for getting back to the pain-free lifestyle that you had. In this blog, we will discuss what a disc bulge is and how as a chiropractor we help those with disc bulges.

What is a disc bulge in Grand Rapids MI?

You have probably heard someone say they slipped a disk, which means they probably had shooting pain in their back or numbness in fingers and toes. What they mean to say is they have a disc bulge. A disc bulge is when the center of the vertebral disc shifts from its center and pushes on the outside which presses against spinal nerves.

To understand a disc bulge you have to understand that the vertebral disc is made up of two different sections. The center portion is made up of a vicious gel-like substance called the nucleus pulposus. This semi-movement section allows for bending and twisting while maintaining the weight. The second section is the annulus fibrosus which is a cartilaginous ring that holds in the nucleus pulposus and connects the two vertebrae.

The vertebral disc allows for movement of the spine as well as being the primary weight bearer and shock absorber. Each vertebra and its disc share the weight of the spine. Since the spine has a designed curve it helps make sure each vertebral disc is not overloaded and cause injury. Misalignment and major structural shifts cause the spine to be overloaded and cause stress on the vertebrae. In these cases, the disc may experience too much stress all at once and bulge or cause herniation. The disc can also slowly degenerate over time, which will lead to a disc bulge or herniation. In either case, it is important to change the biomechanics to relieve the extra stress on the disc.

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Symptoms of a bulging disc

While the presentation of symptoms can vary depending on the person and severity, these are the most common complaints patients come in with.

  • Tingling or numbness in the arms or legs
  • Back spasms
  • Changes in bowel or bladder function
  • Muscle weakness
  • Pain when moving neck or back
  • Shooting pains down the arms or legs

*If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you may have a bulging disc or other conditions. Please see a chiropractor to see if they can help, or they might refer you to another physician.*


Yes, not only is chiropractic safe and effective for treating disc bulges it is also non-invasive and does not require any drugs or surgery.

It is critical to find the cause of the bulged disc but most often the problem is more than just one vertebrae. Dr. Knapp looks at the spine as a whole, not just the injured discs. Dr. Knapp uses the Gonstead Technique which relieves pain and increases mobility. This technique changes the foundation and curves of the spine to help prevent further problems.

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Grand Rapids, MI 49546

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