Potential Treatment Options
A laminectomy is a very common procedure that removes a portion of what is known as a the lamina in order to create space in the area affected by the bulging disc. Learn More.
A laminotomy is a spinal decompression surgery where only a very small portion of the lamina is removed to remove pressure on the nerves and spinal cord to relieve pain. Learn More.
When the disc compresses the spinal cord or nerve root, removal is a consideration. The disc is replaced with an artificial disc to preserve motion at the disc space. Learn More.
During an ACDF the damaged disc in the neck is removed, relieving pain and pressure, while at the same time providing new much needed stability with a reinforced implant. Learn More.
During a lumbar fusion the damaged disc is removed from the lower back (lumbar spine), and the two vertebrae are fused together with a reinforced implant to create more support. Learn More.
Use an ice pack on the part of your back where the disc is – 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off
Use a heating pad on the back to lessen stiffness – it’s okay to alternate between heat and ice
Take short walks several times a day to loosen your back
Try stretching exercises to strengthen your back muscles
Try over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen or naproxen