Individuals experiencing the pain associated with a bulging disc may find relief in any number of treatments recommended by medical experts. These treatments can range from rest to surgery, depending on the intensity of your symptoms, the kind of pain you are having and to what degree your symptoms interfere with your ability to function in everyday life.
Before prescribing anything to relieve bulging disc pain, your physician will likely conduct a physical examination, do some movement tests and order a CT scan or MRI. Once you have been diagnosed with a bulging disc, some of the treatments that could be attempted include rest, elimination of certain activities (such as lifting, which puts strain on your neck or back), hot/cold therapy and anti-inflammatory medications.
Additionally, pain can sometimes be alleviated with special bulging disc exercises, including gentle stretching routines and exercises involving the use of a stability ball (therapy ball). These exercises often are aimed at strengthening your muscles and stimulating your body to get more blood, oxygen and nutrients flowing to your spinal tissues, a benefit that can speed up the healing process. These treatments could result in bulging disc relief after a few weeks to a month. Sometimes, if neck or back pain persists or worsens, a physician could try an epidural steroid injection.
However, if your bulging disc is still causing pain and discomfort after these methods have been tried, surgery could be recommended by your physician. Some traditional open spine surgeries are aimed at taking pressure off the nerve roots in your spinal canal by removing the bulging disc altogether. Traditional bulging disc surgery typically requires a hospital stay, large incisions and a lengthy recovery period.
If your physician has recommended surgery to treat your bulging disc, you do have an alternative at Laser Spine Institute. We offer minimally invasive procedures, including:
- Endoscopic discectomy
All of these procedures are designed to offer you bulging disc relief with fewer complications, less discomfort and a higher rate of success than traditional open spine surgery. Contact Laser Spine Institute today and we will review your bulging disc MRI or CT scan free of charge to determine if you could benefit from minimally invasive treatment.