Mild bulging disc symptoms can include pain, numbness, or tingling in any part of the back or neck, but by definition, mild neck and back symptoms do not completely limit work or leisure activity.
The discomfort of a mild bulging disc is caused when the wall of a compromised 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 doctor has arrived at a mild bulging disc diagnosis, it means you are in the beginning stages of this condition. Your doctor will probably recommend a variety of conservative bulging disc treatments in the hopes that, like most people, your mild disc problem resolves itself:
- Bulging disc exercises, such as stretching, walking, swimming, or other low impact exercise
- Avoidance of activities that place strain on the back, such as lifting
- Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications
- Hot and cold therapy
- Soft tissue massage
The goal of all of these therapies is to increase the flow of blood, nutrients, and oxygen to the bulging disc so it will regain its healthy shape and go back into its normal space in the spinal column. If your mild bulging disc pain and discomfort progresses after trying these methods, you may be a candidate for an epidural steroid injection. These shots reduce nerve tissue inflammation and irritation.
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 long recovery time associated with traditional surgery, you may want to consider the minimally invasive endoscopic procedures offered by the Laser Spine Institute (LSI). Our gentle outpatient procedures have a higher success rate than open-back surgery and require no hospitalization or general anesthesia. Contact us today for a free review of your MRI or CT scan.