Bulging disc — treatment options for pain relief

A bulging disc is a common spine condition in which the disc between the vertebrae of the spine compresses and expands out beyond its normal parameters within the spine. Usually when this happens, the bulging disc impacts a surrounding nerve in the spinal cord and causes local and radiating pain in the back, neck and/or extremities.

Most patients with a bulging disc have difficulty completing their daily activities without pain. Patients with severely bulging discs may even experience a decrease in quality of life due to the debilitating pain cause by the spine condition.

If you have been diagnosed with a bulging disc, we encourage you to seek a treatment option to alleviate your pain and symptoms and move your disc back into its proper place in your spine to prevent future pain. At Laser Spine Institute, we want to help you find relief and get back to living your life normally. As you research treatment options, we encourage you to reach out to our care team to find answers and decide on the treatment option that fits your needs.

Conservative treatment for bulging disc

Your first step to find treatment for a bulging disc is to try conservative methods of pain relief. Conservative methods of treatment refer to any treatment option that is not surgery. This includes everything from chiropractic care to epidurals to treat the pain caused by a bulging disc. The most common forms of conservative treatment for bulging disc include:

  • Chiropractic treatment
  • Physical therapy
  • Stretches and exercises
  • Pain medication
  • Steroid epidurals
  • Lifestyle modifications

Many conservative treatments can be combined to increase the effectiveness of your pain relief. You should always consult your physician to determine the best treatment option for you and whether or not this treatment plan can be combined with other forms of medication or treatment.

Minimally invasive surgery for bulging disc

If you are not finding pain relief from conservative methods of treatment, you may want to consider a surgical option to treat the bulging disc at its source.

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer minimally invasive surgery to treat bulging disc and other related spine conditions. Our minimally invasive decompression surgery can be used to treat more mild cases of bulging disc, while our minimally invasive stabilization surgery is reserved for the more severe cases of this condition.

Our minimally invasive decompression surgery essentially removes part of the infected disc to alleviate pressure on the nerve root in the spinal cord. Our minimally invasive stabilization surgery removes the entire infected disc and then places an implant in the empty disc space to stabilize the spine. Both procedures are performed through a 1-inch incision and offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery.

The type of minimally invasive surgery you receive will be determined by an examination of a recent MRI or CT scan to judge the severity of your condition. We’ve helped over 75,000 patients find relief from back pain and we are confident we can help treat your bulging disc so you can recapture your quality of life.