Your spinal discs become weaker with age, so it’s not uncommon for the pressure from the center of a disc to stretch to the rim, which results in bulging. This kind of bulging isn’t avoidable, because it’s something that occurs commonly in age. However, the process can happen sooner if you lift objects improperly, are overweight, or have poor posture.
What are the symptoms of a bulging disc?
Bulging discs are actually fairly common, and many cause no pain or symptoms at all. It is only when the disc compresses a nerve that there might be pain or discomfort.
If the bulging disc is located in the lower back, it can cause pain in the legs, feet, hips, and buttocks. If the bulging disc is in the cervical spine, it can cause pain in the neck, arms, and fingers.
Which treatments are used for bulging discs?
Fortunately, bulging discs can usually be treated without the use of invasive procedures. Some of the most common methods for treating bulging discs include:
- Therapy - This can include chiropractic care and spinal decompression therapy, both of which help to relieve pressure on the discs and promote healing in the body.
- Anti-inflammatory medications - These can help reduce the size of the affected disc while also helping to reduce any discomfort. While this isn't a cure-all for bulging discs, it does help to manage the symptoms while your spine pain doctor approaches other methods for bulging disc treatment.
- Nerve blocking medications - These can also help to reduce pain caused by a bulging disc, because the associated pain is usually related to the disc putting pressure on a nerve.
In many cases, your spine pain doctor will try a combination of methods to help treat your back issue.