Six natural treatments for a bulging disc

What is a bulging disc?

The vertebrae in the spine add structure and support for the body. There are discs in between each of the vertebrae that act as cushions absorbing impact and aiding in flexibility. The natural aging process causes the discs to lose water content, flatten and become brittle. This makes the discs more susceptible to injury. If a disc protrudes out into the spinal column, it is called a bulging disc. A bulging disc can cause symptoms such as pain, numbness, tingling or muscle weakness.

Six natural treatments for a bulging disc

For most patients with a bulging disc, natural treatment options can help to control symptoms and aid in healing. Natural treatment options for a bulging disc include:

  1. Rest. It is important to allow your body the time that it needs to heal. Don’t rest or remain inactive for extended periods of time as this can do more harm than it helps. Avoid any activities that aggravate your symptoms.
  2. Physical therapy. Your physician will likely prescribe physical therapy sessions to help with symptom control. A physical therapist will teach you exercises and stretches that strengthen your core muscles, help to increase your flexibility and avoid re-injury.
  3. Heat and ice therapy. A combination of heat and ice therapy can be useful to help relieve pain and aid in healing. Heat therapy increases circulation and soothes sore muscles. Ice therapy helps to reduce swelling and inflammation as well as pain. Your physical therapist or physician can recommend the best rotation of these therapies for your condition.
  4. Exercise and stretching. It is important to stay active and maintain a healthy body weight. Low-impact aerobic activities such as swimming, walking, biking, the elliptical trainer or yoga are activities that keep you moving while avoiding high impact, contact or re-injury.
  5. Eat an anti-inflammatory diet. One way to help control inflammation in the body is to eat an anti-inflammatory diet. This type of diet is nutrient-dense and avoids processed foods. Leafy green vegetables, fresh fruit, lean protein, healthy fats and whole grains are the building blocks of an anti-inflammatory diet.
  6. Alternative and complementary treatment. Many patients find successful symptom relief with alternative and complementary treatment options including chiropractic care, acupuncture, yoga, massage therapy and essential oils.

In addition to the natural bulging disc treatments discussed above, your physician may also encourage you to make lifestyle modifications such as losing weight, quitting smoking, reducing alcohol intake or avoiding participation in contact sports. All of these lifestyle factors, if modified, can help to improve the symptoms of a bulging disc.

Surgical bulging disc treatment

If you have tried natural bulging disc treatment options for a few months, and you find that symptoms are still interfering with your everyday life, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn more about surgical options.

Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive procedures allow patients to have a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.^ Laser Spine Institute has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief. For more information and a no-cost review of your MRI or CT scan* to find out if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive spine procedures, contact Laser Spine Institute today.

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