Can I Prevent a Bulging Disc?

What is a Protruding Disc?

A protruding disc can develop as a result of age-related degenerative changes in your spine. Through daily activities, spinal discs are subjected to a significant amount of wear and tear. As the discs naturally break down and lose water content, they become more prone to bulging past their normal boundaries in the spinal column. Due to the close proximity of the spinal cord and nerve roots, a protruding disc can lead to painful nerve compression.

While aging is unavoidable, there are other factors that can increase the likelihood of developing this condition. Many of these factors can be managed with simple lifestyle changes, which can be beneficial at any age. In fact, it’s never too late to begin taking better care of your body.

BEST Health System is a modern orthopaedic and spine ambulatory clinic. Our goal is to always help patients find the least invasive, most effective treatment option. We offer conservative therapies, as well as minimally invasive surgical procedures. Our Cincinnati surgical clinic is open and accepting patients who are looking to skip the unnecessary steps of the traditional surgical approach. 

Bulging Disc Prevention

Certain harmful habits can accelerate the rate of degeneration in the spine. The following lifestyle modifications can promote a healthy spine and help prevent or slow down the development of degenerative conditions, such as a protruding disc:

  • Exercising regularly
  • Consuming a balanced, nutrient-rich diet
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight
  • Practicing good posture
  • Using proper lifting techniques
  • Avoiding tobacco use
  • Minimizing alcohol consumption

Many of these habits can help your overall spine health. However, even with the healthiest lifestyle, a bulging disc is sometimes unavoidable. In this case, it is most important to stay proactive in your treatment and continue practicing healthy habits. 

Treatment with BEST

If a disc protrusion develops, a conservative treatment plan consisting of limited rest, pain medications, physical therapy, or low-impact exercises can be helpful for managing the symptoms as the damage heals. It’s important to see a physician who can provide a proper diagnosis and tailored treatment recommendations, which may include surgery if the symptoms become severe or debilitating.

At BEST Health System’s Cincinnati location, Dr. Keith Girton is our dedicated spine surgeon. His goal is to help patients find a treatment option they are comfortable with while being effective. Contact BEST to learn more about treatment with Dr. Keith Girton.