Back disc pain
Bulging disc pain is most often found in the lumbar (lower) region of the spine. Although a disc in the cervical (upper) or thoracic (middle) regions can certainly begin to bulge beyond its normal perimeters, the lower back is especially susceptible because of the large amount of weight it supports daily.
Causes and prevention of bulging disc pain
Bulging disc pain — also called slipped disc pain — is a common condition. In fact, many people probably have a bulging disc without knowing it, because the bulge itself is not the cause of pain.
When the bulging disc comes into contact with spinal nerves, these nerves become pinched, constricted, or trapped, sending pain signals to receptors in the brain. And, since a bulging disc is located so close to the nerve highways of the body, disc pain can easily travel to the arms, torso, pelvis, or legs.
Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is one of the leading causes of bulging disc pain. DDD is a progressive weakening of the spinal discs that occurs as we age. It is completely normal for our discs to weaken over the years, but there are several steps you can take to maintain your spine wellness.
You may help to prevent back disc pain by taking some of the following steps:
- Sleep on a comfortable mattress — this will give your back extra support and will help to reduce unnatural spine curvature
- Quit smoking — smoking reduces overall circulation, especially to your lower back. Decreased circulation increases the risk of injury and inhibits your body’s ability to heal itself.
- Eat healthy foods in appropriate amounts — extra body weight adds to the overall load that your spine must support. Shedding a few pounds could reduce your chance of disc pain. Good nutrition also encourages healing.
A minimally invasive treatment option
Many people maintain extremely healthy lifestyles may still develop back and neck problems due to age or genetic predisposition. While many patients may find relief through conservative treatments, some require more advanced treatment, such as spine surgery. If you have been recommended surgery to remove your bulging disc, consider minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute.
Using a smaller incision and muscle-sparing techniques, our highly skilled surgeons can remove bulging disc material and other tissue pinching your spinal nerves to help you find relief. Because of the minimally invasive approach to the spine, our procedures offer a shorter recovery time^ and lower risk of complication than traditional open neck or back surgery.
Contact us today learn more about the causes of bulging disc pain or herniated disc pain and how we may be able to help you. Ask us for a no-cost MRI review* to find out if you are a candidate for one of our procedures and take the next step toward pain relief.