Mild bulging disc symptoms can include pain, numbness or tingling in any part of the neck or back, but, by definition, these mild neck and back symptoms do not greatly restrict work or leisure activities.
The discomfort of a mild bulging disc is caused when the wall of a damaged intervertebral disc weakens, collapses and develops a “bulge.” When this happens, the disc can protrude into the spinal canal, putting pressure on nerve roots and the spinal cord, resulting in neck and back pain, as well as other discomfort.
If your physician has arrived at a mild bulging disc diagnosis, it means you are in the beginning stages of a bulging disc. Your physician will probably recommend a variety of conservative bulging disc treatments in the hopes that, like most people, your mild disc problem resolves itself. Conservative treatments may include:
- Avoidance of activities that place strain on the back, such as lifting
- Bulging disc exercises , such as stretching, walking, swimming or other low-impact activities
- Hot and cold therapy
- Soft tissue massage
- Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications
The goal of all of these therapies is to treat the symptoms of the bulging disc while it naturally regains a healthier shape and goes back into its usual space in the spinal column. If your mild bulging disc pain and discomfort progresses after trying these non-surgical treatment techniques, you may be a candidate for an epidural steroid injection. These shots reduce nerve tissue inflammation and irritation that may be caused by the disc bulge.
As a last resort, bulging disc surgery may be suggested if your pain persists or worsens. But, if you are concerned about the many risks and lengthy recovery time associated with traditional open spine surgery, you may want to consider the minimally invasive procedures offered by Laser Spine Institute. Our outpatient procedures have a higher success rate than open back surgery and require no hospitalization.