Bulging disc treatment options — nonsurgical treatments to consider
When it comes to bulging disc treatment options, nonsurgical treatments are usually highly successful. The vast majority of people who are diagnosed with a bulging disc in their neck or back will find the pain relief they require over the course of several days or weeks of conservative treatment. The secret to success is to work closely with a doctor, have the proper expectations for recovery and follow the recommended treatment plan.
However, if you are one of the select few who do not find lasting results from nonsurgical treatments, there are many other options to consider, including the minimally invasive procedures we perform at Laser Spine Institute. We offer a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive bulging disc procedures that can help you recapture your quality of life.
The first steps of treating bulging discs
There are many nonsurgical treatment options available to patients who have been diagnosed with a bulging disc. Yet, while you might be eager to get started right away, it’s important that you listen to your doctor and only attempt treatments that are recommended specifically for your situation. What works for your neighbor might prove ineffective against your bulging disc or even make matters worse. A number of different variables inform treatment, ranging from the location and severity of the problem to your overall health, which is why it is necessary to have a doctor develop your treatment plan.
With that said, here are some examples of popular nonsurgical treatments that are often successful at managing bulging disc pain in the long-term:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Low-impact exercises like walking or swimming
- Stretching techniques including yoga and Pilates
- Hot and cold compresses
- Muscle relaxants
- Limited rest and/or bracing
- Lifestyle adjustments like healthy dieting
- Limiting alcohol and tobacco consumption
- Alternative techniques like acupuncture
When conservative bulging disc treatment isn’t enough
In the event that nonsurgical treatments fail to provide you with relief from your bulging disc, it’s important to know that you have different surgical treatments to consider. At Laser Spine Institute, we have perfected several bulging disc treatment options that we conduct on an outpatient basis. Our procedures provide a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery as well as a shorter recovery.^
Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain, like bulging discs. By using a less than 1-inch incision that is muscle sparing, our board-certified surgeons+ are able to remove the bulging portion of the disc, thereby freeing the pinched nerve. To learn about how our outpatient procedures can relieve your symptoms, contact our dedicated team today.