What Can be Done for a Bulging Disc

A bulging disc can have a very disruptive effect on your life. It can get in the way of your relationships, jobs, hobbies, or ability to get a good night’s sleep. A bulging disc is a fairly common condition and doesn’t always cause symptoms. However, pain and other issues can develop if displaced disc material causes nerve compression, also known as a pinched nerve. 

If you’ve been diagnosed with a bulging disc, or think this condition is a potential source of symptoms, it’s important to keep a positive attitude. There are many effective treatments for this condition. In addition, it is possible for a bulging disc to improve on its own. By being a more informed patient, you can take an active role in your treatment. This way you and your doctor can design a care plan that is right for you and your needs. 

Working with Your Doctor to Develop a Bulging Disc Treatment Plan

Doctors will usually begin the treatment process for a bulging disc with a course of conservative treatment options designed to manage symptoms and relieve pain. Lifestyle changes that can help reduce stress on the spine and promote overall health may also be recommended as needed. Common treatment methods include: 

  • Rest
  • Exercise, including stretching, strengthening, and aerobics
  • Medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Use of a heating pad in alteration with a cold compress
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Nutrition and weight loss counseling 
  • Posturing improvement

Finding relief from a bulging disc can take some degree of trial and error as you explore options. Be sure to work to find the treatments that work for you. 

Considering Surgery

If weeks or months of conservative treatments have not brought the relief necessary for a good quality of life, spine surgery can become a serious option. If you’re exploring surgical options for a bulging disc, contact our dedicated team at BEST Health System for more information about the many advantages offered by our minimally invasive outpatient spine surgery. Our board-certified surgeons, Dr. Girton and Dr. Abbott use muscle-sparing techniques to access the spine and remove disc material that is putting pressure on spinal nerves. 

If you’d like to find out if you are a potential candidate feel free to reach out to our team today!