Information on a bulging disc caused by an injury

A bulging disc in the spinal column can be related to a neck or back injury. Although not as typical as a bulging disc that develops due to age-related degeneration, a bulging disc triggered by an injury to the neck or back can cause a range of debilitating symptoms that can disrupt your life. If you have been diagnosed with this condition, or if you are looking into the possible causes of your pain, we hope the following information can help you work with your doctor to find lasting relief.

How does an injury cause a bulging disc?

Each spinal disc is responsible for spacing and cushioning the surrounding vertebrae. The discs allow the vertebrae to be flexible and move without contacting each other. Additionally, the discs cushion the vertebrae when the spine undergoes pressure from normal activities, such as running or lifting, and some abnormal activities, like falling or a sudden impact.

When a disc in the spine is traumatized by an injury to the neck or back, it can cause it to bulge or protrude into the spinal column. The bulge can occur in the cervical (upper) thoracic (middle) or lumbar (lower) regions of the spine.

When a disc has a significant bulge, it may compress a nearby nerve root or the spinal cord, which causes local pain, as well as radiating symptoms like tingling or numbness in the upper or lower extremities.

How does a bulging disc injury occur?

Several external forces can contribute to a disc bulge, including:

  • A car accident
  • Improper body mechanics
  • Work that involves repetitive bending, twisting or lifting
  • Sitting, standing or driving for extended periods of time
  • A severe fall impacting the back
  • Repetitive jarring motions in certain sports
  • Heavy lifting

Treatments for a bulging disc caused by injury

In most cases of a bulging disc related to injury, treatments begin conservatively and include rest, physical therapy, exercise and medications. If the bulging disc pain and other symptoms continue after these methods have been tried for several weeks or months, open back surgery may be recommended. If you are experiencing pain as a result of a bulging disc injury, contact Laser Spine Institute today to learn about the minimally invasive procedures we provide as a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.^

Contact us today for a no-cost MRI review* to find out if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery. Let us help you take the next step toward taking back your life from chronic neck or back pain.

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