How to repair a bulging disc

Woman receiving treatment for a bulging disc

A bulging disc can occur when the spine becomes severely compressed under the weight of the body and through the pressure of continual movements, which can cause a disc to flatten and expand under the compression. Because most bulging discs form as a result of the natural degeneration of the spine, sometimes the bulging discs can naturally heal without medical assistance.

While a very mild bulging disc may be able to heal itself, a more advanced bulging disc may require medical intervention. For example, if a bulging disc extends so far beyond the spinal column that it impacts a nerve root in the spinal canal, certain treatment methods may be required to not only treat the bulging disc but also to make sure the nerve root is released.

If you have a bulging disc, you should consult your doctor or a spine care specialist about whether or not you need treatment for your condition. Your doctor may recommend an MRI or CT scan to determine the location and severity of your condition in order to accurately prescribe a medication or treatment, if necessary. If the specialist determines that your bulging disc can heal naturally, you may still to be prescribed a pain medication to help you with the symptoms while you wait for the disc to heal.

Alternative treatments for a bulging disc

When bulging discs require medical treatment, there are several options for conservative therapy to explore before considering spine surgery. In fact, many patients find lasting pain relief through nonsurgical methods of treatment without ever having to undergo surgery. The most common types of conservative treatment for a bulging disc include:

Surgical treatments for a bulging disc

However, if these treatments do not provide you with effective pain relief, you may want to see if you are a candidate for the minimally invasive procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute. We offer a safer and effective approach to traditional spine surgery with a high patient satisfaction score of 98.^ Our dedicated team has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain, setting us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery.

Our board-certified surgeons+ will remove a small portion of the bulging disc that is impacting the nerve root through a less than 1-inch incision and muscle-sparing techniques, thus freeing the nerve and still maintaining the stability of the spine. Likewise, our minimally invasive discectomy and stabilization procedure uses a small incision to replace the damaged disc with an artificial disc and bone grafts to maintain similar spinal flexibility and stability.

For more information about the advantages of our outpatient procedures for a bulging disc and to learn if our minimally invasive spine surgery would be effective in relieving your chronic neck or back pain, please contact Laser Spine Institute today and request a no-cost MRI review.* We are here to help guide you through your journey to wellness.

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