Bulging disc repair
A bulging disc can occur when the spine becomes severely compressed under the weight of the body and 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 progressive 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 physician 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 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 of conservative, nonsurgical 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:
- Chiropractic care
- Stretches and yoga
- Bulging disc exercises
- Physical therapy
- Massage therapy
- Pain medication/epidural injections
However, if these treatments do not provide you with effective pain relief, you may want to consider the minimally invasive surgery at Laser Spine Institute. We offer a safer approach to traditional spine surgery with proven safer, effective results and a higher patient satisfaction score (96).^
Our minimally invasive discectomy will remove a small portion of the bulging disc that is impacting the nerve root, thus freeing the nerve and still maintaining the stability of the spine. Likewise, our minimally invasive discectomy and stabilization procedure replaces the damaged disc with an artificial disc and bone grafts to maintain similar flexibility and stability of the spine.
For more information about the advantages of our minimally invasive procedure for a bulging disc, please contact Laser Spine Institute today.