About Bulging Discs
Intervertebral discs work to cushion the area between each bone in the spinal column. A bulging disc occurs when the cartilage protrudes out of its given space, often applying pressure to the surrounding nerves and tissue. This can cause varying amounts of pain and discomfort.
Our bulging disc surgeons at miVIP are extensively trained in the latest methods and techniques to correct bulging discs. They can supply the latest bulging disc information that will help you to properly assess your situation, and decide upon a treatment plan.
Potential Causes of Bulging Discs
Common causes of bulging discs include the following:
- Trauma: Trauma, such as a car accident or sporting accident, can cause the misplacement of the intervertebral disc.
- Aging: Many surgeons will attribute bulging discs to a normal part of the aging process, as it involves gradual degeneration of the tissue in the disc.
- Working Conditions: Whether your job requires repetitive bending, lifting or standing, engaging in improper lifting techniques can speed up the wear and tear of the discs in your spinal column.
- Family History: Those who have a significant family history of degenerative disc disease may have a greater likelihood of developing a bulging disc.
Whatever the cause may be, miVIP surgeons can help you remedy your bulging disc condition.
Common Symptoms of Bulging Discs
Symptoms of a bulging disc will vary, depending on the location of the disc and the severity of its misplacement. If the bulging disc does not interfere with any nerves, the patient may not experience any symptoms at all; however, those that have a more severe condition may be quite incapacitated with pain. Common symptoms include:
- Numbness and tingling in the shoulders, chest, arms, hands and fingers when the misplaced disc is in the upper region of the spinal column.
- When the bulging disc is located in the lumbar region of the spine, the tingling will radiate through the buttocks, down the legs and into the feet.
Treating Bulging Discs
There are several treatment options for bulging discs, all aimed at relieving nerve pain. Some of the most common include:
- Applying Heat: Applying heat to the affected area through hot pads or showers will increase the blood flow to that area, and help to reduce pain.
- Medications: Prescription and over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medications will help to reduce pain and inflammation in most cases; however, the patient must continue taking the medication continually to benefit from pain relief.
- Discectomy: This minimally invasive procedure involves the removal of the affected intervertebral discs. This procedure is extremely common and has shown to be effective for alleviating the pain, tingling and numbness associated with bulging discs.
The surgical team at miVIP will be able to carefully assess your case and help determine which treatment option will be best for you.
Call miVIP Surgery Centers Today!
Not only do miVIP surgeons have the knowledge and experience necessary to treat your bulging disc condition, but we genuinely care about the health and success of our patients. Call today at 855-496-4847 to find out more information on how we can help to reduce or eliminate your pain.