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The Difference Between Herniated and Bulging Discs

Joseph Coupal - Sunday, March 24, 2019

Greetings once again from your friends at Life Chiropractic and Acupuncture serving Newark, North Bergen, and the surrounding areas. We produce podcasts and blogs as a public service to educate the general public about how and why Americans increasingly include chiropractic treatment in their pain management care plan. We offer a comprehensive approach to pain management that includes postural correction, spinal screenings, and a host of various pain management services and techniques.

Today, Dr. Hernandez describes for you the differences between disc herniation and disc bulging. We invite you to listen and read along with Dr. Hernandez as he discusses this subject and provides insight about how chiropractic treatment combined with acupuncture care services can offer you an alternative to invasive and painful surgical procedures. Of course, we invite you to contact us anytime to learn the specifics of our approach to treating herniated and bulging discs and how Life Chiropractic here in North Bergen can help you live the pain-free life that you deserve!

Now, on to Dr. Hernandez’s video.

Good morning! My name is Dr. Alex Fernandez, and today I’d like to talk to you about the difference between a disc herniation and a disc bulge. There’s a lot of confusion around what these two things are, so today I’m going to clarify it for you. I’m going to give you a good visual as to what a disc bulge is and what a disc herniation is.

Now, most people know we have discs that are between each of the bones; and this is your visual: a disc, a bone, a disc, bone, disc, bone, disc, bone, and a disc in between here, and a bone. Here are the nerves, the nerves are to the side. And then here, we have the spinal cord. Now, what happens is when people injure themselves (whether it’s a car accident, whether it’s a sport injury such as football, soccer) sometimes they’re going out and they’re taking their luggage out of a car, they can herniate a disc. Performing any type of weight lifting incorrectly can also herniate a disc.

And basically, let’s start out with what a disc bulge looks like. So, here’s an example of the material for the disc that begins to leak out. When that material leaks out, it can release toxins, and these toxins can cause pain.

Now, the next one is what most people understand as a disc herniation, and this is what it looks like; the disc actually leaks out completely to the back and it can touch the spinal cord right here. This is not a good event. This can cause a lot of pain, a lot of discomfort, and this is what gets people not being able to get out of bed. The next disc herniation is one that goes to the side, so this actually leaks to the side and it can pinch the spinal nerve. So this is what most of us know as a pinched nerve. So the disc herniation pinches the nerve, this also causes a lot of pain. What you have to understand from these disc herniations is that not only structurally they pinch the nerve, but they release these toxins which cause pain. So this is the difference between the two.

I also have a poster over here which I will show you. This is a classification of the disc problems, and here we see again the disc bulge; very mild when we look at it from the side. And the disc herniation; a lot bigger, and you could see all the materials squeezing out.

And now let me give you a short video on what that looks like. So over here, we’re gonna see bird’s eye view; we’re gonna see the disc, you see has rings, we see the center which is the nucleus, spinal cord, nerves, and then this is the bones. And we could see what happens is the material leaks out, again pushing on that spinal cord. And a short video here for you, we have the bone, we have the disc, bone, nerve, nerve, nerve, nerve; and we could see exactly what happens live when the disc herniates. So, rips through all of the rings, squeezes out, pushes on the nerve root, and creates pain.

Now, what do you do about these things is very important. You want to take care of these disc herniations, you want to take care of these disc bulges because they can get worse, they can make your symptoms worse, you can have a lot more pain.

We do take care of that with conservative chiropractic treatment, acupuncture, we can do some exercises for them. This is something that you can get relief from. So if you have any questions regarding this, I hope this was of value to you. Contact me at my office 201-861-2025. Thank you for your time.


Life Chiropractic’s Dr. Hernandez Discusses Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, March 14, 2019

Greetings from your friends at Life Chiropractic and Acupuncture serving Newark, North Bergen, and the surrounding areas. We produce podcasts and blogs as a public service to educate the general public about how and why Americans increasingly include chiropractic treatment in their pain management care plan. We offer a comprehensive approach to pain management that includes chiropractic care, acupuncture, pain management-related lifestyle counselling, and a host of other pain management services and techniques.

Today’s blog post addresses the very common condition “carpal tunnel syndrome”. We invite you to listen and read along with Dr. Hernandez as he discusses the subject of carpal tunnel syndrome. Of course, we invite you to contact us anytime to learn the specifics of our approach to treat carpal tunnel and how Life Chiropractic can help you live the pain-free life that you deserve!

Now, on to Dr. Hernandez’s video.

Alright, good morning everyone. Today I want to talk about carpal tunnel syndrome. Most people have heard the term carpal tunnel syndrome and I'm going to show you real easy what kind of symptoms you get as a carpal tunnel syndrome patient.

So here the hand, we have what we call the carpal tunnel. Many times the nerves get trapped. The most common, there's two nerves that go through here. Primarily it's called the ulnar nerve and the median nerve and in this tunnel the medium nerve will usually get trapped and people will get sensations like numbness and tingling. It's kind of like you feel the sensation of pins and needles as many people will describe it. Many people have to do this shaking of the hand in order to sort of wake up their hand.

Now the reason for that is if we look closer here we're going to look at the carpal tunnel. This is a beautiful picture of somebody's hand and right over here you have this carpal tunnel. In this carpal tunnel you have the yellow which you see this is one of the nerves. This is the other the median nerve. So we have the median nerve and we have the ulnar nerve. One of those two nerves is boucnd to get trapped. Why it gets trapped has many reasons. Many times, again, if we look closer here, there are repetitive movements. The most common is somebody on a keyboard for too many hours so their wrist is bent and this creates trapping of the nerve. The second is somebody who does a lot of manual work. Forr example people that do a lot of knitting and those kind of things like basket weaving etc that can create a carpal tunnel. Again, you are doing a repetitive motion with your wrist and this creates problems. We can see a picture here of somebody knitting. We could see somebody playing guitar. You have your hand in a very awkward position. So when you do this for a long period of time you are bound to trap the nerve and that's when people get the carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms.

Now if we look again closer here you can see the yellow this is the nerve and then these white things are the tendons. So there's a lot of things that go through this tunnel. There are many tendons if we look up here again you see the tendons in here the white ones. Please control your fingers and it causes the nerves to be trapped. Many times the problem is here or it could be traced back to the elbow or it can be traced back up to the neck.

So that's a little explanation about the carpal tunnel and it's symptoms. On another occasion I'll explain to you what we're going to do fix it. Thank you for listening.