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Dealing with a bulging disc in the back can be easier with the experts from Laser Spine Institute in Tampa on your side

If you have been diagnosed with a bulging disc in the back, the first thing that you are going to want to know is how to deal with it. There is no great mystery to treating the symptoms associated with a bulging disc, which occurs when the outer wall of an intervertebral disc extends beyond its usual boundary. In fact, in most cases, any local pain or stiffness associated with the condition will subside eventually without a major course of treatment. Over-the-counter pain medication or anti-inflammatory drugs often suffice. Where things get complicated is when the extended outer wall begins to make contact with a nearby nerve root or the spinal cord itself. In cases of nerve irritation or cord compression, symptoms like radiating pain, tingling, numbness or muscle weakness often become chronic, and medical attention can be necessary.

Conservative treatment for a bulging disc in the back

Even if nerve irritation or cord compression symptoms become chronic and a bulging disc in the back is diagnosed, symptoms usually can be managed using a regimen of conservative, non-surgical treatment methods. These methods can include:

  • Prescription narcotics for pain
  • Hot/cold applications
  • Exercise for strength
  • Stretching for flexibility
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Behavior modification training
  • And more

The exact regimen of treatment required to provide adequate relief might vary from one patient to another. For this reason, it could take a few days or weeks to settle on the proper combination of treatment methods. During this trial-and-error period, communication between the patient and physician is vital. Any changes in symptoms should be reported to the physician immediately so that the regimen can be adjusted accordingly.

How Laser Spine Institute treats a bulging disc in the back

A bulging disc in the back is one of the degenerative spine conditions treated at Laser Spine Institute. For many patients, the pain and other symptoms associated with nerve irritation can be addressed using a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure that targets the precise anatomical cause of the nerve compression. Our procedures require no hospital stay and carry far less risk than traditional open neck or back surgery. To learn more, contact Laser Spine Institute Tampa.


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