A bulging disc in the neck is when an intervertebral disc in the upper (cervical) spine protrudes outwards, potentially compressing vital nerve roots or the spinal cord itself and causing various symptoms in the upper or lower body. If a nerve root in the neck is compressed, these symptoms can include pain, numbness, weakness or a tingling “pins-and-needles” sensation that is typically localized to the arms, hands, chest and/or neck. If the spinal cord in the upper spine is compressed, symptoms may include weakness in the legs and difficulty walking.
This article will go over some of the common complications associated with this condition, as well as some simple methods for relieving the pain and discomfort associated with it. However, the advice presented here is no substitute for receiving expert medical advice from a qualified physician. Do not attempt any new drug or exercise regimen without first consulting your physician.
Common complications associated with a bulging disc
If you have been diagnosed with a bulging disc in the neck, it is advisable to do what you can so that it won’t worsen, or herniate. A herniated disc happens when the outer disc wall gives way and tears, allowing the gel-like inner layer of an intervertebral disc to escape the confines of the disc. This can lead to further complications such as disc pain and inflammation of surrounding nerves. Even a herniated disc is highly treatable – up to 90 percent of cases are resolved without any surgery.
With that said, a pound of prevention is worth an ounce of cure, so it’s best to take steps to prevent your bulging disc from becoming a herniated one. This can be done in a number of ways.
At-home remedies for a bulging disc
Usually, your physician will start by prescribing anti-inflammatory medication to reduce any inflammation that might be occurring and causing pain. He or she may also recommend several exercises for you to try – these are usually exercises which improve the posture and stability of your spine. For example, you might try stretching, weight training, yoga or a combination of the three. Finally, in the case of a bulging disc in the neck, your physician may recommend that you make changes to your seating and bedding to give you more support to your neck and head.