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What You Need To Know About Bulging Disc Symptoms In Your Neck

Pain in your neck is bad enough,


It can get so much worse when it involves pain running down your arm.

Bulging discs, herniated discs and slipped discs (They’re all the same!) in your neck are the second most common after bulging discs in the lower back.

While they only occur in a small percentage of the population they can cause excruciating pain.

The pain and possible weakness you experience always depend on the nerve which is affected by the disc bulge.


Which Nerve Root Causes Your Neck Bulging Disc Symptoms

Your neck also known as the ‘cervical spine’ contains 7 bones. In between each bone is a disc which absorbs and reduces stress and force that you put on it.

These bones are known as C1 – C7 (‘C’ standing for cervical spine)

When there is too much pressure on the disc it pushes against a specific nerve which gives you symptoms depending on the nerve that is compressed.

The most common disc bulge symptoms you’ll experience in your neck are:


This refers to the disc between cervical bones 5 and 6

A bulging disc in this area is the 2nd most common in the neck.

Pain: This is associated with pain running down the outside of your arm from your shoulder usually down into your thumb.

Weakness: You may experience weakness when trying to flex your arm by bending your elbow

Loss of Sensation: You may experience loss of sensation around the area of your thumb or the outside of your forearm.



This refers to the disc between cervical bones 6 and 7

A bulging disc in this area is the most common in the neck.

Pain: You will experience pain running down your arm from your shoulder usually into your 2nd or 3rd finger.

Weakness: You may notice you have some weakness when straightening your arm from a bent position

Loss of Sensation: You may experience loss of sensation around the tips of your 2nd and 3rd finger



While there are only 7 bones in the neck, there are 8 nerves.

C7/8 refers to the space between the 7th cervical bone and the 1st bone in the upper/mid back (thoracic spine)

When you experience a disc bulge in this area you may notice:

Pain: Sharp shooting pain in your 5th finger or the inside of your forearm

Weakness: When trying to fan your fingers out or make a fist (or shake hands)

Loss of Sensation: Around the area of your 5th finger or inside of your forearm.


The Symptoms You Experience Can Be Different To Anyone Else

While the distribution of your pain is usually in the area described above, you may still experience pain which doesn’t directly correlate with the nerve that is being compressed by the bulging disc.

Your body is different from anyone else’s and you may feel symptoms that nobody else does.

It’s for that reason you should visit a qualified health professional if you have any concerns about your symptoms and to get an accurate diagnosis.

If you feel as though you may suffer from some of the neck bulging disc symptoms and think bulging disc treatment may help you, call us today or book online to see what we can do to reduce your pain.

Bulging Disc Symptoms In Lower Back

The Most Common Bulging Disc Symptoms In Your Lower Back

The bulging disc symptoms you’ll experience in your lower back can be terribly painful to say the least.

They can stop you in your tracks.

Walking, sitting, standing…All of your movements can be affected.

Bulging discs in the lower back are the most common because the discs have to take stress and weight from the rest of your body.


Which Nerve Is Your Bulging Disc (Slipped disc) Pressing On?

The symptoms you experience will vary depending on which nerve root is compressed by the bulging disc (also known as slipped disc or herniated disc.)

There are 5 bones (vertebra) in your lower back or lumbar spine. These are known as L1 – L5 (L being short for Lumbar)

On top of getting lower back pain symptoms, the most common places to get symptoms from a lumbar disc are:


This refers to the disc that is situated between Lumbar bones 3 and 4.

Pain: You may feel sharp shooting pain on the inside of the lower leg usually from below the knee to the top of the big toe.

Weakness: You will experience weakness when straightening your leg from a bent position

Loss of Sensation: You may experience altered or loss of sensation in the area just above your knee



This refers to the disc that is situated between Lumbar bone 4 and 5.

It’s the 2nd most common place to get a disc in the lower back.Map showing neck, mid back and lower back symptoms of a bulging disc

Pain: You may experience pain on the outside of the leg start near your hip and running down the side of your leg to your 3 middle toes.

Weakness: Weakness is usually felt if you try to raise your big toe on the side of pain

Loss of Sensation: You may experience numbness or a loss of sensation in between the webbing of your big toe and second toe.



Refers to the disc that is situated between Lumbar bone 5 and the sacrum.

This is the most common disc bulge in the entire body because it’s the very bottom bone in the spine.

Pain: This is associated with pain running down the back of your leg from your buttock to the outside of your ankle.

Weakness: You may feel weakness when trying to turn your foot in

Loss of Sensation: You may experience loss of sensation at the bottom of your foot near your heel


Bulging Disc Symptoms In Your Lower Back Can Be Similar To Other Conditions

Bulging discs symptoms in the lower back can cause similar symptoms to other conditions.

This is because the symptoms come about due to compression of the nerve.

Another common condition which occurs as you age is canal stenosis. It produces similar symptoms where the nerve root is compressed, because of changes to the bone rather than a bulging disc and is another lower back pain cause.

In rarer cases a tumour in the spine can also push against a nerve root and mimic the same symptoms of pain and weakness as a bulging disc.

For this reason it is extremely important to get an accurate diagnosis from a health professional so that the cause of your problem is diagnosed correctly, since bulging disc treatment may reduce your symptoms.

If you are suffering from bulging disc symptoms in your lower back, give us a call or book online today to see if we can help you.

Bulging Disc Symptoms

Do You Suffer From These Bulging Disc Symptoms

A bulging disc is painless.

You may be surprised by that statement.


It’s only when the bulging disc presses against a nerve that causes the excruciating symptoms you feel!

But what are these bulging disc symptoms that come about from something that’s made to protect your spine?


The Location Of Your Bulging Disc Will Determine Your Symptoms

The bulging disc symptoms you go through will depend on if the bulging disc is in your neck, mid back or lower back.

They occur most commonly in the lower back, followed by the neck. It is rare to have a mid back disc bulge.

The discs which are located in between each bone (vertebra) in our spine are there to reduce the pressure we put on our body from anything we do be it sitting, sleeping or walking.

While the symptoms are similar, they will cause sharp shooting pain, weakness and loss of sensation in different parts of your body.

But let’s clear one thing up first…

There’s no difference between a slipped disc, herniated disc, protruding disc or bulging disc. They all refer to the same thing…The compression of the inner layer of the disc onto a specific nerve root.


Do Your Bulging Disc Symptoms Occur In Your Lower Back or Neck?

Bulging disc symptoms are for more common in your lower back than in your neck because the discs in your lower back are under a lot more stress and strain than in the neck.

On top of this,

The material within the discs in your neck are also a lot smaller than the ones in your lower back so there is less chance of them protruding and pushing against the nerve.

If you are suffering from the symptoms of a bulging disc in your lower back read here to find out the likely symptoms you’ll experience depending on which nerve root is compressed.

If you’re experiencing symptoms in your neck read about the symptoms here.

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How Bulging Disc Treatment Can Stop Your Pain

Have you ever felt the pain of a bulging disc?

Chances are you know just how excruciating they can be.

No matter if you’re suffering from what some call a bulging disc, slipped disc or herniated disc, the symptoms all cause one thing…pain!

When your bulging disc is causing pain it’s no surprise that at times you can struggle to even move.

While the specificity of bulging disc treatment can differ depending on if the bulge is in your neck, mid back or lower back the overall treatment techniques remain the same.


Stop Suffering From Bulging Disc Pain with Chiropractic Treatment

Treatment through medication can give you temporary relief but only masks your symptoms until the medication wears off.

The other option which can be effective is surgery but realistically should be left as a last option to see if conservative treatment can reduce the symptoms first.

With chiropractic bulging disc treatment the focus is on reducing the symptoms that you’re feeling.

This is done by treating the underlying cause and removing pressure on the nerve root which is being compressed by the bulging disc.

Treatment can allow you to:

  • Stop the pain caused by the protrusion
  • Allow you to get up from a chair or bed with significantly less pain
  • Move around freely again
  • Sit or stand with comfort
  • Resume your normal daily activities whether it be work, exercise or sleep


How Bulging Disc Treatment Reduces Your Symptoms

When a disc bulges, it protrudes backwards and either to the left or the right side of your spine. Depending on if the disc compresses the left or night nerve root will determine which side of the body you experience your pain.

Removing pressure on the nerve root is done through different techniques of chiropractic treatment.


Chiropractic Adjustments/Mobilisations

Adjustments are a gentle, quick movement to a specific joint which allows an increase of space in the joint. The aim of the adjustment is to promote the part of the disc that has protruded to start moving back into the center of the disc.


Soft tissue work

Your body is very complex and extremely smart.

It will do anything to protect you once it begins to sense pain. When you experience a disc protrusion the muscles surrounding the area that is in pain will all contract to protect the area and limit movement.

Muscle releases are applied to specific parts of the body to help increase movement.

Working on your muscles without addressing the underlying problem (the disc protrusion) is ineffective because the muscles will continue to contract to restrict the movements which will cause pain.


Exercises & Rehabilitation

Treatment is focused on reducing the immediate pain you are experiencing.

If an exercise and rehabilitative program is not applied specifically for your condition after your pain starts to go away, the pain you experience is very likely to come back.

Exercises are aimed at increasing and restoring normal movement to the joints which were restricted because of the protrusion. Exercises also help in lengthening muscles which shortened to protect the body and strengthening muscles which became weak due to lack of use.


Your Symptoms Will Determine Your Prognosis

The time taken for your pain to be relieved depends on a variety of factors:

  • The severity of your injury
  • The symptoms you present with
  • Various other factors which are determined from questioning during the first consultation

Usually disc protrusions which take longer to heal are ones which were not treated correctly when you first experienced them.

The severity of your symptoms are also an important factor because they can determine if there are warning signs of a more significant problem. These can include impingement on the nerve root due to serious problems such as a tumour or other lesion.

While these are extremely rare it is vital that that the cause of your symptoms is diagnosed so that you are referred to the correct health practitioner and the proper treatment is undertaken if there is a potentially serious problem.


Start Reducing Your Pain Today

If you feel as though you can benefit from bulging disc treatment to stop your pain the first step is an accurate diagnosis. To see a Chiropractor Sydney CBD Call us today or book online to see if we can help you.