A bulging disc occurs when a vertebra within the spine slips out from its normal location. This condition can often be asymptomatic, meaning that no symptoms will be felt. However, once the annulus fibrosus, which encircles each intervertebral disc in the spine, impinges on surrounding nerves, the severity of pain can be disruptive to your life.
As we get older, the discs in the spine become flatter, stiffer, and lose the cushion that is used as support. Much like a tire after 20,000 miles, the discs become worn out and do not function as effectively as they once did. Bulging discs are evidence of degeneration and may periodically become inflamed. Traumatic injuries such as car accidents can also result in bulging discs. Symptoms of neck or lower back pain with radicular pain into the arms or legs are the most common, though other painful symptoms can also occur.
Bulging discs are aggravated by twisting, lifting, and bending, and the pain may become chronic with time. Numbness, tingling, and weakness into the extremities can also be related.
Following a physical examination, and review of diagnostic imaging of the painful area, our experienced spine care providers can properly diagnose your condition and provide you with an effective and individualized treatment plan.
Our bulging disc treatments can include conservative injections such as:
In some cases, we may suggest minimally invasive surgical intervention if the non-surgical treatments are ineffective. However, we are able to treat most conditions without resorting to surgery. Please contact our office to learn more.