The human spine consists of numerous bones. In between these bones, there are intervertebral discs that serve as a cushion and shock absorbers, separating the spinal bones from each other. These discs have a jelly-like cartilage in the middle, protected by a thick and hard outer casing.
Often, the soft center of the disc protrudes outward through the outer layer, leading to what is called a ‘bulging disc’!
There can be several causes and risk factors leading to a bulging disc. Disc degeneration, or wear and tear and weakening of the outer layer due to aging is the most prominent reason.
Performing repetitive motions, especially while lifting heavy items can also contribute to the development of a bulging disc by straining the disc.
Other causes and risk factors include:
- Poor posture
- Injury or trauma to the back
- Physical inactivity
Bulging discs can often be asymptomatic in the initial stages. However, as the disc further deteriorates, it compresses the nearby nerve roots, leading to pain, numbness, or tingling.
If the bulging disc occurs in the neck region, you may experience symptoms in your neck and shoulder, radiating down to the arm and fingers.
In the spine, the pinched nerve causes pain in the lower back, which could spread to the buttocks, thighs, and legs.
Pinched nerves often heal on their own. Home remedies like heat and cold application and light activity can minimize pain. However, continuous pain that does not subside in a few days warrants immediate examination by a health professional.
Several nonsurgical, conservative treatment methods can help alleviate pain from a bulging disc, including:
Several exercises targeted movement as recommended by a physical therapist can reduce bulging disc pain while strengthening the back and core. These might be used in conjunction with massage and ice and heat therapy for optimal results.
Chiropractic techniques, like spinal manipulation and flexion-distraction, work by targeting the source of your pain. These hands-on, low-force techniques aim to relieve pressure off the nerves and eliminate pain by moving the disc away.
For moderate pain, non-prescription medicines like ibuprofen and Tylenol can be effective. If you have muscle spasms, your doctor might prescribe relaxants. Neuropathic drugs like gabapentin can also help ease nerve pain.
If the pain does not reduce with oral medications, using steroid injections around the spinal discs can be an option.
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