A bulging disc is when any vertebrae within the spine slips out from its normal location. This condition can often be asymptomatic, meaning no symptoms will be felt. However, once the annulus fibrosis 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 becomes worn out and do not function as effectively. 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 most common.
Bulging discs are aggravated by twisting, lifting and bending, and the pain may become chronic. 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 providers can properly diagnose your condition and provide an effective treatment plan.
These treatments can include conservative injections such as:
In some cases, we may suggest minimally invasive surgical intervention if the non-surgical treatments are ineffective. We are able to treat most conditions without a need for surgery.