Can an L4-L5 Disc Bulge be Cured with Treatment? Explained By Chiropractor in Vaughan, Dr. Walter Salubro
Vaughan – Is an L4 L5 disc bulge curable? Can L4 L5 disc bulge be repaired? Can it get back to normal? Can it be resolved, an L4 L5 disc bulge. In fact, can any disc bulge be fixed or resolved? That’s one of the common questions I get asked in my comment section below my videos on my YouTube channel (www.YouTube.com/drwaltersalubro), so I want to answer this question for you today.
Hi, my name is Dr Walter Salurbo from Back to Health Chiropractic Center in Vaughan, Ontario. One of the most commonly asked questions I get is about disc bulges and what kind of options can be done to help prevent surgery and how could the problem that causes the bulge be corrected? So, I want to address this today.
Most people ask me if it’s curable or not and I understand why they’re asking. Many people have been found to have a disc bulge with associated symptoms such as low back pain, muscle stiffness, restricted mobility, shooting pain down the legs, like sciatica, radiating pain down the legs, numbing and tingling, discomfort or irritation down the legs. That’s a concern and it’s very disabling to have these type of low back conditions and symptoms.
The truth is, many people that I have talked to in my comments section and in my YouTube channel have told me that they want to prevent surgery. They want to know if this bulge is actually fixable. Now, let me address that and clear up some misconceptions and confusion.
The truth is that if you have a disc bulge or herniation, it’s very possible to receive certain types of treatment and care that will help you get back to a normal level of function in your life. It’s also very possible for surgery to be prevented.
Now, I don’t use words like cured. I don’t know if a disc bulge can actually be cured. What I do know is that the associated symptoms that come with this bulge can be cleared up. And I do know that people can actually return back to a normal function.
How? Because I’ve seen this day in and day out, week in, and week out in my office. I think what’s important to know is that it’s not so much about curing the disc bulge, but it’s more about correcting the structural problem that led to derangement in the disc, the disruption of the disc, or even the disc bulge. So let me explain.
Here’s a spinal model. The low back spinal model. So there’s five vertebra and in between each bone, we have our discs. This here would be an example of a disc bulge . This is a lateral disc bulge, some others are posterior lateral, which means back into the side and some go centrally meaning straight back. So once the disc is disrupted and it’s bulged, that’s essentially irreversible, permanent damage to that disc. Whether it loses height, or it becomes dried up, that’s irreversible damage to the disc. So, you’re not going to really change much of that structural disruption of the disc. However, what I want to know is what caused it, what led to that disruption and to that bulge?
If someone’s spine was tilting like that, then that can lead, over the years and decades, to a disruption in the fibers of the disc that causes the inside nucleus to actually bulge out. So my question is what caused this alignment problem or what’s going on to cause a disruption of the disc and is it an alignment problem?
What if the alignment problem is going forward. Then that will disrupt the disc forward and also possibly bulge it backwards. What if it’s going backwards? That again can disrupt the disc and bulge it backwards. So the appropriate question is what can be actually done to correct the structural abnormality to reduce the pressure on the irritation on the disc and thereby alleviate the inflammation and inflammatory response that’s associated with the disc bulge and therefore alleviate all of the associated symptoms that come with that?
And one of the best things that I’ve seen and helped a lot of people with this is corrective chiropractic care and chiropractic care in general. This involves adjusting and correcting the actual spinal misalignments, also called subluxations. And in doing so, when you realign the spine into a better position, a more optimal ideal position, what it does biomechanically and structurally, is it reduces the abnormal stress on the discs that led to the disruption and bulge in the first place. And in doing so, when the abnormal stress is eliminated, now the disc actually has time to breathe essentially, to actually exist free of irritation. Therefore, there’s no need for the body to produce an inflammatory response and when there’s no inflammation, there is no swelling and all the cardinal signs that come with inflammation; the blood flow and the irritation that goes there that triggers pain response. So, all of that begins to get reduced and eliminated and that’s what happens with many of my patients that have a disc bulge, as we correct the structural underlying problem, misalignment of the spine.
If someone doesn’t feel it, it’s most likely still there, and I’ve seen that in MRI reports, but I have many patients that that are doing better with their bulge condition. They have reduced back pain by 90 percent or even eliminated the actual progression to surgery and reduced their intake of medication. They are walking, standing and bending normally. They are back working and playing and doing all the things in their day to day life that they want without the drugs, without the surgery and gained their strength back with specific chiropractic adjustments. And, of course, we also provide supportive recommendations such as core exercise, training, mobilization, balance work, and a bunch of other things to add to the stability of the spine.
I hope this answers the question if a disc bulge can be cured and the key is to remember that it’s not so much about curing or fixing the disc bulge, but to correct the structural abnormality or the structural misalignment, also called subluxations, of the spine that led to the disruption of the disc.
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