A bulging disc in the back can be a truly excruciating condition that can keep you from doing everyday tasks and enjoying your hobbies. If you're suffering from this condition, you may be wondering how it got to this point and even what can bring it about.
While there are many potential culprits, and only a doctor can tell you the source of your condition for certain, causes of a bulging disc in the back can include:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Wear and tear
- Traumatic injury
Treating a Bulging Disc in the Back
Treatment for a bulging disc in the back usually begins with one or more conservative techniques. Your doctor will recommend certain methods based on a number of factors, including the location of the disc, the cause of the bulge, and the severity of your symptoms. Some of the most common bulging disc treatments include:
- Epidural injections of cortisone
- Spinal decompression
- Alternating hot/cold packs
- Pain medication
- Anti-inflammatory medicines
In addition to these treatments, surgery is also used for the condition, albeit only in the severest of cases. There are two surgical approaches used to treat the condition: open back surgery and endoscopic procedures, which provide a lower-risk alternative with a significantly faster recovery time.
For more information on symptoms, causes, and treatments for a bulging disc in the back, including these endoscopic methods, contact Laser Spine Institute. We offer a complimentary review of your CT scan or MRI and will let you know if you are a potential candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.