What is a Bulging Disc?
A disc bulges when the outer layer of a vertebral disc swells outward and places pressure on the surrounding nerves and structures. Although a bulging disc is similar to a herniated disc, it is different in that the inner material has not seeped out through the outer layer of the disc. A bulging disc will usually occur in the lower back or the neck, but may also very rarely be found in the mid back.
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How Do I Know if I have a Bulging Disc?
What is the Right Treatment for Me?
Common bulging disc symptoms include numbness and tingling, as well as pain that radiates through either the arms or legs. A bulging disc in the neck will cause symptoms to be felt in the shoulder, arm, and hand, while a bulging disc in the back will affect your lower extremities. There may also be pain felt in the area of the bulging disc.
Not all bulging discs will produce symptoms, but as the condition continues to worsen, the symptoms will begin to intensify until treatment or eventually surgery is required.
Do you have any of these symptoms and think you may be suffering from a bulging disc? We have a quick and easy tool to help gather some information from you to help us determine what your problem is and get you on the road to recovery.
Early stage bulging disc treatment includes rest, anti-inflammatory medications, and ice and heat treatment. If this is not effective then exercises to help strengthen your back will be added to your treatment, along with physical therapy. Only once conservative treatments have been exhausted should surgery be considered.
OLSS provides a wide range of treatment options and because our doctors are the most experienced and best trained in treating spinal conditions we are able to perform many advanced treatments other practices are unable to offer.
The real question is “what treatment is best to treat your bulging disc?”. Use our Treatment Match tool to quickly get started in finding the right treatment for you.