Avoiding a bulging disc in your back
A bulging disc in the back is a frustratingly common condition. The lumbar region of the spine (the lower back) is particularly susceptible to bulging and/or herniated discs because this portion of the spine is responsible for bending the body as well as supporting most of the body’s weight. Because of these two reasons, the discs in the lumbar spine are under an increased amount of pressure that can lead to the development of a degenerative disc disease.
As a result, lower back pain is quite common and can affect people of all ages, although it is most frequently experienced by people over the age of 50. The good news is that while natural wear and tear is largely unavoidable, there are steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of developing a painful bulging disc in the back.
What is a bulging disc?
One of the most common causes of a bulging disc is nothing more than the natural aging process. As we grow older, our discs naturally weaken as a result of wear and tear, and this largely cannot be avoided. However, there are a number of other factors that can increase the likelihood of developing a bulging disc or other degenerative spine condition, including:
- Participation in high-impact sports or activities
- Having a career that requires frequent bending, twisting or lifting
- Having poor posture
- Abusing alcohol or tobacco
- Being obese
- Not stretching properly before strenuous events
By making small lifestyle changes like quitting smoking and maintaining a healthy weight, you may reduce your risk of developing a bulging disc or herniated disc. However, even some lifestyle changes do not guarantee that you will avoid these conditions.
Treatment for a bulging disc
While many cases of bulging disc pain can be effectively treated with nonsurgical treatment, such as physical therapy and lifestyle changes, some patients may require surgical treatment for pain relief.
At Laser Spine Institute, we offer minimally invasive discectomy and stabilization surgery, which simply replaces the damaged disc with an artificial disc and/or bone grafts. This helps the spine maintain its stability and flexibility, while still relieving pressure from the pinched nerve root that was causing the pain. Our minimally invasive spine surgery offers a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery, as well as a shorter recovery time^ and a higher patient satisfaction rate.
For more information about how our minimally invasive spine surgery can help relieve your bulging disc pain, contact Laser Spine Institute today.