Bulging disc symptoms and treatment options

Spinal discs are made up of approximately 90 percent water. During the aging process, this water begins to dissipate, leaving the disc shorter than it was before and causing extra strain to be placed on the exterior of the disc — a process known as degenerative disc disease. At times, degenerative disc disease can result in bulging discs, because the relative flexibility and weight-bearing function of the lumbar region of the spine make it particularly vulnerable to disc degeneration.

A bulging disc occurs when the outer layer of the disc is forced out of its normal boundary and pushes into the spinal canal. Not all bulging discs are symptomatic, but at times the disc material can press up against a nerve root and cause chronic pain, tingling or numbness. Read the following article to learn about the symptoms and treatment options available for a bulging disc.

Symptoms associated with a bulging disc

Bulging discs are most commonly found in the lumbar area of the spine. This is ultimately due to the amount of weight and stress placed on this area of the spine over time. Not all bulging discs cause pain, but many are accompanied by symptoms and can be debilitating over a long period of time. These include:

  • Severe pain at the location of the nerve compression
  • Radiating pain down the arms or legs, dependent on the location of the bulging disc
  • Interchangeable numbness, tingling and pain

Treatment for a bulging disc

Conservative treatments have generally been proven effective in the treatment of symptoms associated with bulging discs. However, if after exhausting all conservative methods you are still experiencing pain, contact Laser Spine Institute. Since 2005, our minimally invasive procedures have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain, earning us a patient satisfaction score of 98 out of 100.^

Laser Spine Institute specializes in minimally invasive procedures to treat a number of spinal conditions, including bulging discs. Our highly skilled surgeons perform decompression or stabilization procedures through a less than 1-inch incision and muscle-sparing techniques to remove the particle that is causing pressure. Reach out to us today to speak with a member of our dedicated team and ask for a no-cost MRI review* to see if you may be a candidate for one of our outpatient procedures.