Do I Have a Bulging Disc?
What is a Bulging Disc?
The spine is made up of vertebrae and discs, when one of the discs protrudes forward further than its normal range, it is considered a bulging disc. This condition can be very painful and even debilitating for some. It’s similar to a herniated disc
or a slipped disc.
What Causes a Bulging Disc?
As the body ages, the spinal discs diminish naturally. There are also other factors that can lead to a bulging disc including:
- Bad posture
- Genetic factors
- Inactive lifestyle
- Sudden weight bearing on the discs
What Are Common Bulging Disc Symptoms?
In some cases, there are no symptoms at all. But others may experience pain, tingling sensations, or even numbness at the site of the disc. A bulging disc can occur at any place on the spine. If the disc is higher up on the spine one may have symptoms that extend to their shoulders and arms. If the bulge is located lower it can cause pain and numbness in the legs and feet.
If you think you are experiencing the symptoms of a bulging disc, use our pain assessment tool to start your diagnosis.
How Are Bulging Discs Treated?
Non-Surgical Treatment Options for Bulging Discs
To determine the status of your bulge disc, it’s best to consult with an expert at Texas Surgical Hospital. In most cases, non-surgical treatment options can offer great relief, and the disc can heal on its own with minimal assistance. Non-surgical treatment options include:
Surgical Treatments for Bulging Discs
- Pain management
- Change in diet and exercise routine
- Physical therapy
- Heat and cold therapy
Surgical treatment options are available for patients with more advanced bulging disc symptoms. Texas Surgical Hospital offers minimally invasive surgery
options which includes small incisions that encourage faster recovery. Other available surgical options include:
As with any spinal condition, it’s important to seek medical advice and treatment before the condition becomes too serious. Whether non-surgical or surgical treatment, the path to a pain-free life waiting is for you. Find the right treatment for you with our treatment finder assessment.