Bulging Disc & Lower Back Pain

Bulging Disc & Lower Back Pain

A bulging disc causing lower back pain is more common than any other bulging disc problem. Medical experts have estimated that 90 percent of all bulging discs and their associated pain occur in the lower back.

That’s not surprising since the lower back, or lumbar region, supports most of our bodily weight and is used in so many of our daily movements, including sitting, standing, walking and running. Additionally, we often rely on the weight-bearing capability of our lower backs when we perform heavy lifting.

As a result, many back conditions can develop from wear and tear on the lower back, including a lumbar bulging disc or discs. This condition most often occurs because intervertebral discs can grow weak and lose their elasticity with age, use and/or injury. When this happens, discs may collapse and “bulge,” or protrude, into the small spaces in the spinal column where nerve roots and the spinal cord are located. As nerve tissue is inflamed and compressed by bulging discs, reactive nerve signals result in feelings of pain, numbness and tingling. This pain and discomfort can be confined to the site of the nerve root, or it can radiate to other parts of the body, including the hips, legs, buttocks or even the feet.

No matter what has caused your bulging disc, if it is triggering lower back pain, it probably requires treatment. Some bulging disc treatments include:

  • Rest
  • Physical therapy
  • Low-impact exercise
  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications
  • Chiropractic treatment
  • Epidural steroidal injections
  • Open-back surgery
  • Minimally invasive procedures offered by Laser Spine Institute , including laminotomy and discectomy

If a physician determines that a bulging disc is causing your lower back pain and other treatments have failed to offer relief, you may want to discuss your treatment options with Laser Spine Institute. Contact us today to learn more about our outpatient procedures.