How Severe is My Bulging Disc 

A bulging disc is a condition that occurs when the gel-like center of a disc weakens, causing it to push against the tough outer layer of the disc and bulge out of its normal boundary. This condition can become serious when it pinches the nerve root or spinal cord, resulting in radiculopathy (the symptoms of nerve compression). When the bulging disc presses against a nerve root or spinal cord, it interferes with motor and sensory signals between the brain and the body, resulting in the debilitating symptoms described in the following article. 

Symptoms of Bulging Disc

If you believe that you are suffering from a bulging disc, you should be on the lookout for the following signs:

  • Pain
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Cramping
  • Spasms
  • Sciatica

It is important to consult your doctor if you are experiencing any of the following in order to get a proper diagnosis and avoid worsening your condition. If your condition progresses and your bulging disc becomes more severe, bowel dysfunction and paralysis may occur, which requires immediate medical attention. 

Your Treatment Options

Depending on your bulging disc’s seriousness, your doctor may recommend conservative treatments or immediate surgical intervention. Typically it is advised first to see if your condition responds to a course of nonsurgical treatments such as pain medication, weight management, stretching techniques, epidural steroid injections, chiropractic care, and physical therapy. 

However, if you are not experiencing adequate relief after several weeks or months of treatment, surgery may become necessary. At BEST Health System, our board-certified surgeons, Dr. Girton and Dr. Abbott use a less than one-inch incision to remove a portion of the bulging disc compressing the nerve root or spinal cord. Our team is committed to providing the highest level of care and a streamlined experience to allow all our patients to recapture their quality of life from their chronic spine conditions. 

To learn about our muscle-sparing techniques and state-of-the-art surgery centers, contact us today.