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Bulging Disc 2017-07-25T20:02:06+00:00

What is a bulging disc?

You may have a bulging disc when a spinal disc becomes damaged, either through normal wear and tear or from an injury, the outer shell becomes weaker and the disc may bulge, or flatten. Usually, the disc will bulge to one side of the spinal canal.

What You May Be Feeling

Bulging Disc Neck Pain

Neck Pain

Spasms

Spasms

Stiffness

Stiffness

Tingling

Tingling

Numbness

Leg Numbness

Leg Weakness

Leg Weakness

A bulging disc can cause symptoms like pain in your neck, shoulder, arm, or chest, as well as cause numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arm or fingers. Finally, a bulging disc can also cause sciatic pain, which is a kind of pain that shoots down your lower back, buttock, or leg.

The pain and other symptoms come from the bulging disc rubbing against one or more of the nerves that branch out from the spinal cord. Because the disc usually either bulges to the left or right, you’ll normally feel symptoms just in one side of the bone. 

Potential Treatment Options

Laminectomy

Laminectomy

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.

Laminotomy

Laminotomy

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

Disc Replacement

Disc Replacement

Used when the bulging disc is in the cervical portion of the spine, the procedure completely replaces the damaged disc with an artificial one.

ACDF

ACDF

Removes the damaged disc in the neck, relieving pain and pressure, while at the same time providing new much needed stability with a reinforced implant.

Lumbar Fusion

Lumbar Fusion

Removes damaged disc from the lower back (lumbar spine), and fuses two vertebrae together with a reinforced implant to create much needed support.

Radio Frequency Ablation

Radio Frequency Ablation

Also known as an RFA, this procedure uses high-energy radio frequency to ablate the trouble nerve, essentially eliminating the source of pain.

Things You Can Do At Home To Relieve Symptoms

  • 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

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