Bulging Disc Treatment
Bulging disc treatment can include doctor-prescribed, non-invasive techniques, alternative therapies, and even surgery. No matter its form, treatment for a bulging disc aims to provide relief from spinal nerve compression, which results from an intervertebral disc becoming misshapen and extruding into the spinal canal. This can occur because of degenerative changes or because of traumatic injury, and may cause an individual to experience localized pain, radiating pain, muscle weakness, numbness, cramping, spasms, and/or tingling.
Treatment for a bulging disc typically begins with non-invasive techniques, including pain medications, behavior modification, hot/cold therapy, and physical therapy. Some patients may choose to pursue alternative therapies, such as:
- Chiropractic manipulation
- Restorative yoga
- Herbal supplements
- And others
It is important to note that these treatments should only be pursued under the guidance of a doctor in order to prevent further injury, drug interactions, and other serious complications.
In the event that non-invasive treatments prove ineffective after several weeks or months, a doctor or spine specialist may recommend bulging disc surgery. Surgical bulging disc treatment may involve the complete removal of the affected disc and possibly a portion of surrounding bone tissue, as well as an intervertebral fusion. Before undergoing one of these highly invasive operations, patients should consider all of their options. The orthopedic experts at Laser Spine Institute have helped tens of thousands of patients find relief from neck and back pain using minimally invasive techniques. If you visit or live in Mesa, Tempe, Phoenix, or surrounding areas, contact Laser Spine Institute Scottsdale for more information.