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Diagnosis and Treatment for a Bulging Disc

The back can be protected from bulging discs by ensuring that one maintains a good posture at all times. It is also advisable for people to avoid being overweight and regular physical activity is encouraged. As people advance in age, their discs are bound to get weaker and this makes it even more necessary for them to be careful. After a conclusive diagnosis is made in reference to a bulging disc, the next step is to consider what the most effective treatment options are. Medication may be prescribed for the purpose of pain management as well as selected moderate exercise routines and a sufficient amount of rest to aid the healing process.


The good news is that in many cases, the affected disc can be resolved without surgical intervention. A few cases, on the other hand, may require surgery in order for the situation to be effectively resolved. Depending on how severe the condition is, life can be disrupted by the pain that it causes and this can greatly reduce one’s quality of life. There is no need to suffer in silence. There are a number of treatment options that are available. Very light exercises are recommended because they help maintain physical fitness and subsequently reduce the pain. Injured discs vary in terms of the extent of damage, pain and overall prognosis. The first step is to visit a physician who can carry out a thorough examination and further tests such as a MRI Scan to establish whether or not one has a bulging disc.


11 Responses to “Diagnosis and Treatment for a Bulging Disc”

  1. I’ve been there, done this. If there’s any changes in your pain/tingling you doc sulohd want to know about it. The changes in the pain/tingling mean there are changes with the disc. Most likely what is going on is this When the disc is bulging it is pressing up against a nerve. That nerve runs down your leg and into your foot either your right or left leg. Most likely what is going on is that the bulging has switched sides and is protruding from the right side now and pushing on the nerve for your right leg rather than your left leg. Being that this happened when you got up this morning makes sense. When we sleep our discs refill with fluid and become more plump we can actually be taller in the morning than at night because of this. We also move around at night and do some strange movements in our sleep. You may have flung your legs or hips around and caused the disc to move or even herniate (rupture). Usually if a disc ruptures it will cause severe spasms down the leg though and I promise, you could not sleep through that.Another thought is that another disc may be bulging now. Did the doc mention that any others were close or that s/he was concerned about any others?Of course, I’m not a doc. I’m only going by my passed experiences of what happened with me. There’s tons and tons I don’t know. This much I do know avoid surgery at all costs, no matter what they promise you. Do everything else first. Search out and exhaust every other option before you even consider surgery. I had the best surgeon, it was a good surgery sometimes I think my body just hates me!There have been a LOT of advancements in the area of back discs lately. You have a LOT of options if the physical therapy doesn’t do the trick for you. Get online and research and keep yourself up to date. Discuss everything you find with your doc and let him know you are doing your best to educate yourself, s/he will appreciate that (or find another doc).Cortisone/steroid injections work wonders for many people and can stave off surgery for years and years. Just make sure you look up how the procedure sulohd be done and that your doc is doing it perfectly how it sulohd be done. No, I’m not joking. I had some done at a teaching hospital and found out (after about 9 injections) that I could have been paralyzed.There is no better info than talking to folks who have been there. The docs will always promise you the best case scenario, but that’s not always reality.Most times folks who have these injuries come back from them in about 2 months time. Follow your doc’s orders perfectly to avoid long term problems. At the first sign of any problems, at any time, get right to the doc and don’t mess around with things. Back problems can seriously change your life.Good luck. I wish you well. May all your discs be soft and squishy and right where they are supposed to be!

    Posted by sude | May 31, 2012, 12:42 pm
    • Hello,I also suffer from dinrgeeateve disc disease and can no longer run due to the pain. Instead, I do both pilates and yoga at the YMCA. I modify most exercises to avoid neck strain but have found that I still get a great workout, especially in the abdominals, hips, back and thighs. There are some male tennis players in my class who claim the pilates has helped with their lower back pain. I was able to lose 6 pounds over the course of a year. I also take acai berry supplements daily for the extra energy to jump start my metabolism so I can burn more calories. Hope this helps. Good luck.

      Posted by Wina | January 8, 2013, 11:32 am
    • I’d ask your doctor first, but boxnig would be great! get some pads and gloves and you’re all set, if the technique is done correctly, you’re engaging not only 98% of your muscles, but also engaging your core which can strengthen your back (discs) and prevent pain and/or further injuries in that area, well worth a try.Swimming is also good, 100% of muscles used and no impact!hope i helped, xx.

      Posted by Leandro | January 8, 2013, 3:34 pm
    • HI,I’ve had a bulging disk dinaogsed for 4 weeks now. There has been little or no pain (maybe a dull ache in the shoulder blades but nothing signif.) BUT the 2nd and 3rd fingers on my right hand are CONSTANTLY numb and tingling. one of the fingers on my left hand is numb sporadically. Will the ice method help remove the numbness (though no pain its very uncomfortable and upsetting)?any help really appreciated

      Posted by Sirirus | January 8, 2013, 4:52 pm
  2. How do I isolate the lower back pain? I get a geanrel sensation from the middle lower back the inside of the main inward curve part which also occasionally goes down to my right leg. I do have a t-5 fusion from 9.5 years ago but I really compressed my lower back and got pain from driving a tractor across a very rutted field I don\’t think the lower back pain originates from the fusion as I never had low back pain before in my life. How do I isolate the pain to pinpoint treatment?

    Posted by Nur | October 16, 2012, 7:31 am
    • @captainpegs07 Hmmm that seems a little odd that the MRI was clear, bauecse I wouldn’t expect something that high up (T5) to cause the symptoms you’re having in your lower back and leg. And if it was a bulging disc in the low back, that would have shown up on the MRI probably. Did they check your hip to make sure everything is ok there?

      Posted by Sasuke | January 9, 2013, 12:53 pm
    • Whatever you do, make sure you don’t settle for an insuitlng $4,000 for a permanent neck injury that’s known to cause Arthritis. $4,000 is nothing and you can afford to lose this in court but I don’t think you’ll? lose with the evidence of an MRI. These insurers are greedy and want to keep the money, they know $4,000 will be gone quickly with loss of income and medical treatments to manage the pain but they don’t care. Find a great lawyer that doesn’t mind going to court.

      Posted by Hima | January 9, 2013, 3:32 pm
  3. Hi there no, a bulging disc does not heal on its own, but we never remcomend surgery until we’ve tried everything else first because the success rate for surgery with this condition is not that great.In order for a spinal disc condition to heal, it requires a number of different things like exercises, stretches, nutritional changes, etc.The biggest problem is that the discs don’t receive a good blood supply, so they are very difficult to heal, but it can be done.

    Posted by John | January 8, 2013, 6:24 pm
  4. @rchirodoc Well, only occasionally do I feel it in the right hip. Normally I have a conaniutl discomfort’ in the right side of my lower back below the kidney area. At first, I thought it was a kidney problem but they checked out perfect. I also read that it is fairly common that buldges are not recognized on some MRI tests possibly because I’m laying on my back when the test is happening and there’s less pressure on the disk? I don’t know.

    Posted by Taiwo | January 8, 2013, 9:06 pm
  5. I sincerly hope that you will not take sgurery unless your case is too serious. Any sgurery can cause side effects and it cause a big shock to the body. What is more, risks cannot be avoided. There should be some other solutions. I have had a herinated disc in L5S1for nearly 18 years. No sgurery but natural therapies. They work.

    Posted by Ajay | January 9, 2013, 3:17 am

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