How Neck Traction Help Bulging Disc Without Surgery

cartoon-man-neckpain-300pxA bulging disc in the neck can result from a variety of factors ranging from aging to trauma. When a disc is bulging, it can put pressure on nearby structures, resulting in pain and other disabling symptoms. A Neck traction device can help to stretch the soft tissues which can help with the pain, and to stretch the spine itself, which can help promote healing of the bulging disc.

 

How Neck Traction Help Bulging Disc Without Surgery

A bulging disc in the neck can result from a variety of factors ranging from aging to trauma. When a disc is bulging, it can put pressure on nearby structures, resulting in pain and other disabling symptoms. A Neck traction device can help to stretch the soft tissues which can help with the pain, and to stretch the spine itself, which can help promote healing of the bulging disc.

What is a Bulging Disc?

The discs in the cervical spine serve to absorb shock.  They also allow the neck to flex and move freely.  When a disc is bulging, it is misshapen, and appears to look like a bulge.  Think about taking a balloon and pinching off a small part of it.  This little bulge of balloon is similar to what a bulging disc looks like.  If the disc actually breaks, a ruptured or herniated disc results.

With a bulging disc, it is important to note that the disc is not broken and the inner components are not leaking out like it does with a ruptured or herniated disc.  A bulge is somewhat like the step before a herniated disc in terms of age-related wear and tear.

What are the Symptoms of a Bulging Disc?

When a cervical spinal disc is bulging, several symptoms can result.  The location of the bulge will determine some of the symptoms that occur, such as where the pain and other symptoms radiate too.  The degree of the bulge also influences which symptoms can occur.  The following are all potential symptoms of a bulging disc:

  • Weakness, numbness, pain and tingling at the site of the disc bulge
  • Headaches
  • Stiffness
  • Weakness, numbness, pain and tingling that radiates down the arms, hands, shoulders, fingers and wrists

How do Bulging Discs Occur?

This issue is most commonly associated with aging.  As we age, the discs in the spine start to weaken.  This can cause the outer shell to not be strong enough to maintain their shape.  The weakened walls can “spread out” a bit against the force of the inner components.  Other potential causes of a bulging disc in the neck include:

  • Severe trauma
  • Family history of spinal disc issues
  • Sports-related injury
  • Improper lifting techniques
  • Smoking

What are the Most Common Treatments for a Bulging Disc?

There are dozens of treatments that can be done for a bulging disc.  Which kind of treatment is necessary really depends on the severity of the disc bulge, as well as the symptoms it is causing.  For example, a mild bulge with mild symptoms may just require some stretching and ice as needed.  On the other hand, if the bulge is severe and the symptoms are severe, more aggressive treatment may be necessary.

Some of the most common treatments include:

  • Bed rest for one to two days
  • Applying heat to the painful area
  • Recommended exercises
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Heavy lifting restrictions
  • Applying ice to the painful area
  • Pain medications
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Neck traction

How can Neck Traction Help a Bulging Disc?

A bulging disc can benefit from any excess pressure being taken off of it.  Cervical neck traction using an air device can be very effective in helping to relieve this pressure.  It is also very safe, as it is without side effects.necktraction_topimg01

How can Neck Traction Help a Bulging Disc?

A bulging disc can benefit from any excess pressure being taken off of it.  Cervical neck traction using an air device can be very effective in helping to relieve this pressure.  It is also very safe, as it is without side effects.

Cervical traction works to completely stretch the neck and the soft tissues associated with it.  This stretching takes the pressure off of the spinal discs in the neck.  This can help to prevent a rupture, as well as promote healing of the disc bulge.  This treatment method can also help to alleviate any symptoms you may be experiencing, such as pain and stiffness.  If the bulge is pinching a nerve, this can help to take pressure off of that nerve.

Air neck traction devices are portable and can be used just about anywhere.  You will use it for 15 minutes at a time.  To maintain results and promote healing, you should be doing traction everyday.  You can do this relatively often throughout the day to alleviate specific symptoms, such as pain in the neck.  In general, you should aim for doing traction at least twice a day.

If the bulging disc were to rupture, cervical neck traction should be stopped immediately until a doctor is able to thoroughly assess the neck.  Then, the doctor can decide if traction can be immediately resumed, or if you need a different kind of treatment.

 

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