Below is an example of a bulging disc in the lumbar spine (lower back). The disc is marked by a #1. In the figure, the red material represents the injured nucleus pulposus. Under normal conditions, the nucleus pulposus is a yellowish color that is centered completely in the middle. As seen in this image, the nucleus pulposus has ruptured through some (not all) of the concentric rings of the disc and is migrating down and to the right near what would be a spinal nerve. A slight bulging or swelling would appear near item #15. This condition is not nearly as serious as a herniated disc, however, similar symptoms can still occur, such as: leg pain, low back pain, numbness in the legs, bowel and bladder problems and muscle weakness to name a few.
Up until now, the only way to treat this condition was with medications, which has undesirable side effects, steroid injections, which provide only temporary relief, and surgery, which has proven to fail over 50% of the time.
Spinal decompression therapy is now considered the treatment of choice by leading health care experts. If you or someone you know suffers from a herniated disc, disc bulge, protruding disc, or degenerative disc disease, call Dr. Larry Van Such to schedule your consultation to see if you are a candidate for this remarkable treatment.