Bulging disc treatment options to relieve neck pain and other symptoms
A bulging disc occurs when a disc in the spine pushes out beyond its normal boundary within the spinal column. This condition is typically related to the natural aging process and is caused by loss of elasticity in the disc. Some patients with a mild bulging disc may not even be aware of their condition until the bulging disc worsens, compressing the spinal cord or a nerve root and causing severe and chronic pain. A bulging disc in the cervical (upper) spine is a very common cause of neck pain as well as other radiating symptoms.
If you have been diagnosed with a bulging disc as the underlying cause of your neck pain, there is a wide range of treatment options available. The following can help you work more closely with your doctor and give you a better chance of finding the lasting relief you deserve.
Conservative treatment for a bulging disc causing neck pain
Treatment for a bulging disc in the neck almost always begins with a conservative course of action. The goal of initial nonsurgical treatment for a bulging disc is to relieve pain, improve mobility and take steps to improve the overall health of the spine. Conservative treatments include:
- Physical therapy
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- Therapeutic massage
- Lifestyle changes like weight loss, quitting smoking and improving posture
- Epidural injections
It is important to be patient as you attempt bulging disc treatment as it may take some trial and error to find the right combination of methods for you. If these or other conservative methods are not enough to find relief from neck pain, your doctor might recommend a surgical treatment.
Minimally invasive spine surgery
At Laser Spine Institute, we offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck procedures.^ Our minimally invasive spine surgery is performed on an outpatient basis due to the use of minimally invasive techniques, including a less than 1-inch incision.