Bulging disc treatments
Bulging disc overview
Bulging disc treatments are available in a variety of forms. After confirming your diagnosis, a physician might recommend any of several treatments depending on a number of factors, such as the location of your bulging disc as well as the severity and duration of your symptoms. Oftentimes, bulging disc treatments begin conservatively, mainly because most bulging disc symptoms are mild to moderate and resolve on their own within a few weeks. As time goes on, however, a physician might recommend a more aggressive approach to address symptoms that are affecting your quality of life.
Initial treatment options for a bulging disc
Upon first being diagnosed, some commonly recommended bulging disc treatments include:
- Avoidance of lifting and other activities that could potentially strain the neck or back or exacerbate symptoms
- A limited period of rest
- Weight loss and lifestyle changes
- Ice packs
- Heat therapy through heating pad application or warm showers
- Stretching techniques to give the spine more flexibility and take pressure off pinched nerves
- A targeted exercise regimen designed by a physical therapist
- Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications (over-the-counter or prescription)
- Epidural steroid (cortisone) injections
Some patients decide to explore bulging disc treatments that are considered complementary or alternative. These therapies can also be effective for alleviating bulging disc symptoms. Examples include:
- Chiropractic treatment
- Spinal decompression therapy
Surgery for a bulging disc
If you have attempted some of the above bulging disc treatments over the course of several weeks or months but have not found sufficient relief from disruptive symptoms like severe pain, weakness, numbness or tingling, a physician might recommend surgical intervention to alleviate the nerve compression in your spine. In approximately 10 percent of all bulging disc cases, surgery is necessary for a patient to achieve meaningful relief from pain and loss of function. However, open spine disc surgery, which typically involves a lengthy hospital stay, large incisions and an arduous recovery period, is generally recommended only as a last resort.
The surgeons at Laser Spine Institute have perfected several minimally invasive techniques that are effective alternatives to traditional open spine surgery for bulging disc treatment. Our bulging disc surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, and thus eliminates hospital-associated inconveniences and helps patients get back to their lives faster. Laser Spine Institute successfully performs more minimally invasive spine surgeries each month than any other spine surgery facility in the world, making us the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery.
For more information on Laser Spine Institute and our proven minimally invasive bulging disc treatments, please contact us today. Our experts review recent MRI scans to help prospective patients determine whether they can benefit from our innovative procedures.