Herniated/Bulging Discs Treatment in Bel Air, MD

What does a herniated or bulging disc feel like?

A herniated or a bulging disc will often press on a nerve and cause pain, numbness, and/or weakness. A herniated or a bulging disc can occur at any point in the spine.

  • If it occurs in the lower back, it will cause the pain, numbness, and/or weakness in the buttock and down the leg which is similar to sciatica .
  • In the neck, patients may feel symptoms through the neck and down the arm to the finger tips.

A herniated or bulging disc can be compared with a jelly doughnut.  If you squeeze the doughnut the inside jelly will start to protrude out of the doughnut. When the jelly touches nerves or the spine this is when the pain and weakness happens.  When therapy is done we are actually trying to suck the jelly back into the doughnut.

Herniated/Bulging Discs Treatment in Bel Air
The patient pictured has an issue with the disc between L5 & S1.  She is on her back in a comfortable position,the belt is around the area where symptoms occur.  The table is gently applying traction to the area where the belt is positioned. This treatment was applied for 15 minutes.


Do you have a herniated or bulging disc?

If you are experiencing any pain, numbness, limited range of motion or weakness you may have a disc issue.  A thorough examination by our doctors is the first step to diagnosing a bulged or herniated disc. A MRI may be ordered also.

What is the treatment for a herniated or bulging disc?

Our chiropractors will customize a treatment plan for each patients’ condition and symptoms with a few main goals in mind.  Number one to relieve the pain and disability.  Number two-heal the disc.  Number three is to strengthen the surrounding tissues and prevent the injury from recurring.

  • Spinal decompression /mechanical traction
  • Gently reduces the pressure within the spine creating a vacuum-effect that reduces or reverses the bulging of the disc.
  • Takes pressure off the nerves in that area, causing less pain and symptoms!
  • The vacuum-effect also pulls oxygen and nutrients into the herniated disc allowing it to heal.

All this is done while the patient lies comfortably on the Spinal Decompression table. This part of the therapy takes approximately 15 minutes and, since they are virtually painless, most patients fall asleep during treatment!

  • Physical Therapy
  • Exercises will be introduced as part of the treatment plan after the pain begins to be alleviated.
  • Main goal is for strength and flexibility. 

What is a herniated / bulging disc?  What caused it a herniated/ bulging disc?

Discs are the soft, spongy shock absorbs that lie between each of the vertebrae in the neck and back. Overtime and from the stress of life, the discs lose their flexibility. Normal wear and tear on the body can cause the disc to slip out of place, crack or break (herniated disc), or the gel inside the disc can leak out (bulging disc). This may also be called a “slipped” or “ruptured” disc. When the disc material “bulges” out it can press on a nerve which can cause pain, numbness, and/or weakness. Injuries may also cause the disc to become damaged.


I have been having severe pain since 2014. I’ve had a full battery of x-rays/MRI done to diagnose my condition [as] severe arthritis. After I was prescribed an injection that I was told would take care of everything, the pain was back, worse than before. Dr. Lee reviewed my x-rays and MRI and set up a treatment plan... After the 1st visit my pain has decreased. I can already feel a big difference.

E.M., 68

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Nick, 33

I have been a patient of Dr.Lee's for about 10 months now. As a 22 year old, I have been suffering from back pain since I was about 13 years old. The pain increased a few years ago and despite physical therapy performed at other facilities, and pain medications from the doctor I was unable to control the level of discomfort. I found Dr. Lee and have been extremely happy with my results.

Dennet L.

I came to Dr. Lee with several aches and pains. I was nervous about receiving chiropractic treatment but Dr. Lee eased my concerns by thoroughly making sure that I was a safe candidate for adjustments... After regular adjustments and Physical Therapy, my knee pain is gone, my elbow pain is gone, my ankle and wrist are improving AND I’m reducing the migraines I used to get too!

Amy, 31

I began seeing Dr. Lee after noticing severe tenderness and pain in my left hip region... I was lucky to find Dr. Lee when I did, not only did he help me discover that the pain in my hip was actually related to a mass growing uncontrollably but he also gave me the comfort I’d been searching for with chiropractic. I’d recommend Dr. Lee to anyone who wants to be pain-free!

Pam, 19

I have had lower back problems for about 35 years. As I aged, they were getting worse. I also noticed I was over weight. I came to Susquehanna Spine & Rehab because Dr. Lee could address both issues as part of a unified plan. The diet regimen, chiropractic, and personalized exercises worked!

Tony, 63

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had pain in my neck and shoulders... Now that I’m an adult, my pain continues, but Dr. Lee is helping me a lot. I have an appointment twice a week, and I can definitely tell a difference. I use pain management along with the tens unit and physical therapy. All three of these services are working great and I’m definitely feeling better.

Andrea, 28

I have had back problems for years. I have been to other chiropractors I have even gone to medical doctors no one has been able to make it feel any better. Then I found Dr. Lee I have finally found relief. I am feeling so much better after starting care at Susquehanna Spine & Rehab.

S. age 60

I began seeing Dr. Lee because of a shooting pain I developed in my left heel... After a brief examination, Dr. Lee explained to me that my pain was being caused by Plantar Fasciitis... Shortly after Dr. Lee began treating my heel, I noticed that I was experiencing less and less discomfort. In a few short weeks, I was able to continue my exercise routine and enjoy my daily activities pain-free!

Randy, 25

When I came to Susquehanna Spine & Rehab I was very skeptical. After only 2 weeks at Susquehanna Spine and Rehab the severe pain in my neck, shoulder and arm had greatly improved … NO MORE PAIN! I can now sleep through the night without waking up in pain! THANK YOU SUSQUEHANNA SPINE & REHAB!!!

TM age 63

My daughter started falling up the stairs at school and having severe knee pain for no apparent reason... Dr. Lee did a thorough exam and walked us through his entire treatment plan. Every appointment was made at a time convenient to my schedule. Heather has made wonderful progress and is now pain-free. Dr. Lee was always available for questions and kept me well informed of her progress.

Heather, 13

I have been to too many chiropractors to count in five different states and this is the best chiropractor I have been to so far.

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