Bulging Disc and Herniated Disc – Which is Worse

An Overview of Bulging and Herniated Disc

Although a bulging and herniated disc both impact the spinal disc, which cushions the spine and acts as a shock absorber to protect the spinal cord, these two conditions impact the spine differently. A bulging disc only affects the disc’s tough outer wall. When the walls of the disc deteriorate, it can cause a small portion of the disc to bulge. 

A herniated disc created a tear in the outer layer of the disc causing the gel-like center of the disc to leak into the spinal canal. Compared to a bulging disc, a herniated disc is worse because it is more likely to create debilitating symptoms such as pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness as the discs herniate into the spinal cord and push on the nerves. To learn more about the treatment options available to relieve a bulging or herniated disc, read the following article. 

Conservative Treatment Options

In the event that you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your spine, consult your doctor immediately. He or she will determine whether you have developed a bulging or herniated disc and decide the treatment options that are best for your spine care needs. Typically a spine condition can be managed through a course of conservative treatments including:

  • Pain medication
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Chiropractic care
  • Physical therapy
  • Acupuncture 
  • Epidural steroid

However, if your condition does not improve or your symptoms worsen after several weeks or months then surgical intervention may become necessary. 

Minimally Invasive Surgery

If you require surgery to ease your bulging or herniated disc, then contact our dedicated team at BEST Health System. We perform minimally invasive procedures that are safer and more effective alternatives to traditional open spine surgery. Our procedures can help you find relief from chronic neck and back pain. 

To treat a bulging or herniated disc, our board-certified surgeons use a small incision that is muscle sparing allowing for a shorter recovery period and a lower risk of complication compared to traditional open spine surgery. To find out if you are a potential candidate for our outpatient procedures performed at state-of-the-art facilities, reach out to us today!