Mild bulging disc

Mild bulging disc symptoms can include pain, numbness or tingling in any part of the neck or back, but these mild neck and back symptoms usually do not restrict work or leisure activities.

The discomfort of a mild bulging disc is caused when the wall of a damaged spinal disc weakens and develops a bulge from the pressure of surrounding vertebrae. When this happens, the disc can protrude into the spinal canal, putting pressure on nerve roots and the spinal cord, resulting in neck and back pain, as well as other discomfort.

Treating a mild bulging disc

If your physician has arrived at a mild bulging disc diagnosis, it means you are in the beginning stages of a bulging disc. Your physician will probably recommend a variety of conservative bulging disc treatments which can relieve symptoms while the disc heals. Conservative treatments may include:

  • Avoiding activities that place strain on the back, such as lifting
  • Bulging disc exercises, such as stretching, walking, swimming or other low-impact activities
  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications

The goal of all of these therapies is to treat the symptoms of the bulging disc while it naturally regains a healthier shape and goes back into its usual space in the spinal column.

If your mild bulging disc pain and discomfort progresses after trying these nonsurgical treatment techniques, you may be a candidate for an epidural steroid injection. These shots reduce nerve inflammation that may be caused by the disc bulge.

When to consider surgery

As a last resort, bulging disc surgery may be suggested if your pain persists or worsens. But, if you are concerned about the many risks and lengthy recovery time associated with traditional open spine surgery, you may want to consider the minimally invasive procedures offered by Laser Spine Institute.

Minimally invasive spine surgery uses state-of-the-art surgical technology and techniques to offer patients a shorter recovery time§ with less complication compared to traditional open spine procedures. Laser Spine Institute values patient-centered care and has comfortable outpatient facilities across the United States where we have helped more than 60,000 patients regain their lives from neck and back pain.

To learn more, contact our Care Team today for a no-cost MRI review* to see if you may be a candidate for our minimally invasive outpatient procedures.