Bulging Disc | Household Chores
First and foremost, if you’re experiencing symptoms associated with a bulging disc, talk to your physician before attempting to perform any strenuous physical activity, like household chores. Then again, if spinal nerve compression is causing you to experience radiating pain, localized pain, tingling, numbness or weakness in the extremities, you’re not likely to want to pick up a broom or mow the lawn anytime soon. Even brushing your teeth can become a chore when chronic neck or back pain strikes. However, these symptoms can be managed more often than not with a physician-directed regimen of conservative treatments.
Conservative treatment For bulging discs
A bulging disc occurs when a portion of the tough outer wall (annulus fibrosus) of an intervertebral disc is forced out of its normal boundary. This can happen because of excess internal pressure within the disc’s gelatinous inner material (nucleus pulposus), which usually happens as a result of the natural aging process. A bulging disc typically remains asymptomatic unless it comes into contact with the spinal cord or an adjacent nerve root. When this happens and symptoms arise, your physician will likely begin treatment with one or more of the following methods:
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Physical therapy
- Behavior modification
- Corticosteroid injections
- Alternative methods such as chiropractic therapy or acupuncture
When conservative treatment is not enough
If chronic symptoms from a bulging disc still prevent you from performing household tasks after several weeks or months of conservative treatment, contact Laser Spine Institute. Our orthopedic surgeons perform a variety of minimally invasive, outpatient procedures and have helped tens of thousands of people with neck or back pain find relief. Call to set up your initial consultation, or ask for a review of your MRI or CT scan.