A bulging cervical disc is a common condition that develops when the gel-like center of a disc pushes against the weakened outer layer due to age-related degeneration. This causes the disc to bulge out of its normal boundaries and into the spinal column, leading to pain, numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness in the neck, chest, arms, and hands if the nerve root or spinal cord becomes compressed. In order to treat this condition, your doctor may recommend a conservative treatment regimen consisting of the exercises described below.
Common Exercises for Cervical Bulging Disc
The following common bulging disc exercises can help you ease the pain in your cervical spine:
- Chin tucks. Stand straight with your shoulders pushed back. Tuck your chin down into your chest, then look up at the ceiling so you feel a mild stretch at the front of your neck.
- Cervical isometrics. Press the right temple, ear, forehead, or back of the head lightly with your fingertips. Then, repeat on your left side. You should experience slight resistance with this exercise.
- Shoulder shrugs. Bring your shoulders up to your ears and then drop them back down. Then, bring your shoulders forward and backward while squeezing the shoulder blades together. Make sure your body is properly aligned during this exercise.
It is advised that you complete two or three repetitions of these exercises. These exercises can have a positive effect on your bulging disc symptoms. However, consult your doctor prior to beginning a new exercise to avoid overexerting yourself and worsening your condition.
When Should You Consider a Surgical Procedure
If bulging disc exercises combined with alternative forms of conservative therapy, such as pain medication, chiropractic care, and anti-inflammatories do not provide you with adequate relief from your symptoms, then contact the dedicated team at BEST Health System. We offer a safer and more effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery that helps patients find relief. Our procedures are performed by our board-certified surgeon, Dr. Girton.
As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, we are committed to helping patients find the lasting relief that they deserve, allowing them to quickly return to the activities they have been missing out on.
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