A bulging disc can be a painful experience. Discs lie between the bones of the spine, or vertebrae. These pliable discs have a strong outer layer of cartilage with a gel-like interior and serve to allow the spine maximum flexible movement. The discs lose water over time, becoming less pliable and more brittle. This can then allow the inner disc material to bulge through a weakened area of the disc and into the spinal column.
If this bulge occurs near a nerve root or the spinal cord, it will inflame the location, and you may experience severe neck and back pain.
A few treatment options
While many people have a bulging disc and exhibit no painful symptoms, it is important to know what you can do if you are experiencing discomfort related to a bulging disc. Here are some potential treatment options:
- Give it time. Pain may subside over time as the inflamed area heals, which may take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months with proper rest.
- Try over-the-counter medications. A pain medication available at your local drug store can help relieve the initial symptoms of pain that a bulging disc causes.
- Call a professional. Severe, debilitating pain can be caused by a bulging disc. It may be best to allow your physician to conduct a physical exam and/or an MRI to confirm the problem and suggest further treatment options, such as physical therapy or injections.
Make an informed decision
In some cases, you may not find relief by waiting for the pain to subside, nor through other conservative forms of treatment. Another option is to contact USA Spine Care.
Our outpatient procedures use minimally invasive techniques and have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from neck and back pain. We can help you find out if you’re a candidate for our procedures with our free MRI review.*
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