A pinched nerve can be caused by a bulging disc and the result can be pain, tingling, numbness, burning and even a stabbing sensation. This occurs when an intervertebral disc bulges, or protrudes, outside its normal space in the spinal column and pinches the spinal nerve roots. The pain and discomfort caused by this condition can be localized at the site of the pinched nerve, or it could radiate to other parts of the body, including the arms, shoulders, fingers, hips, buttocks, legs and toes.
To alleviate this pain, several bulging disc treatments could be recommended by your physician. These treatments will vary depending on the severity of your condition. They also might vary depending on whether you have a cervical bulging disc (in the neck), thoracic bulging disc (in the mid-back), or lumbar bulging disc (in the lower back).
Treatments for a pinched nerve caused by a bulging disc may include:
- Physical therapy for bulging discs
- Over-the-counter or prescription pain and anti-inflammatory medications
- Corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation
Sometimes, pain from a pinched nerve in the spinal column becomes so severe that a physician may recommend treating a bulging disc with open back surgery. Some patients, however, are concerned that traditional bulging disc surgery involves hospitalization, infection risk and a long recovery period.
If you want to avoid open back surgery, there is an alternative. The surgeons at Laser Spine Institute are able to address your pinched nerve pain by treating your bulging disc with one of our minimally invasive procedures. For more detailed information, contact Laser Spine Institute for a free review of your MRI or CT scan.