A bulging disc can have a very disruptive effect on your life, getting in the way of your relationships, job, hobbies or ability to get a good night’s sleep. This is a fairly common condition and doesn’t always cause symptoms, but pain and other issues can develop if displaced disc material causes nerve compression, also known as a pinched nerve.
If you’ve been diagnosed with a bulging disc, or think this condition is a potential source of symptoms, it’s important to keep a positive attitude. There are many effective treatments for this condition and it is possible for a bulging disc to improve on its own. By being a more informed patient, you can take an active role in your treatment and help design a care plan that is right for you and your needs.
Working with your doctor to develop a bulging disc treatment plan
Doctors will usually begin the treatment process for a bulging disc with a course of conservative treatment options designed to manage symptoms and relieve pain. Lifestyle changes that can help reduce stress on the spine and promote overall health may also be recommended as needed. Common treatment methods include:
- Exercise, including stretching, strengthening and aerobics
- Physical therapy
- Use of a heating pad in alternation with a cold compress
- Therapeutic massage
- Nutrition and weight loss counseling
- Posture improvement
Finding relief from a bulging disc can take some degree of trial and error as you explore options and work to find the treatments that work for you.
Considering bulging disc surgery
If weeks or months of conservative treatments have not brought the relief necessary for a good quality of life, spine surgery can become a serious option. If you’re exploring surgical options for a bulging disc, contact our dedicated team at USA Spine Care for more information about the many advantages offered by our minimally invasive outpatient spine surgery. Our board-certified surgeons+ use muscle-sparing techniques to access the spine and remove disc material that is putting pressure on spinal nerves.
If you’d like to find out if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures, ask for your free MRI review.*