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How Do I Know if I Have a Bulging Disc?

A bulging disc can be caused by a number of different factors, including injury or trauma. Any situation that impacts the spine can cause compression of the discs and nerves, which can result in the discs bulging.

When the gel-like center of your spinal disc is pushed against the disc’s harder outer layer, this causes a bulging disc. If some of the fluid from the disc leaks out, that pain can become more intense and cause the disc to herniate.

Any condition which adds pressure to the spine can cause a bulging disc to form, including obesity, remaining sedentary, lifting heavy items, and repetitive motion. The natural process of aging can also cause bulging discs to form in the spine, as a result of the weakening of discs.

What is the Right Treatment for Me?

Many patients may have success with more conservative treatments like cortisone injections or physical therapy.

It is not often that Dr. Q recommends surgery to relieve symptoms for bulging discs, but if you have tried at-home treatments or more conservative methods and are still experiencing symptoms, you may want to seriously consider surgery.

Dr. Q and the team at Q Spine Institute specialize in innovative, minimally-invasive surgical treatments that can provide relief for your condition, especially if you have experienced symptoms for a longer period of time.

If you’d like to discuss possible treatments and the best course of action to relieve your pain, make an appointment with us at Q Spine Institute – we look forward to helping you!

Bulging Disc Quick Facts

Common Symptoms:

  • Pain, weakness, and tingling in the neck
  • Radiating pain that begins in the neck

Common Causes:

  • Cervical herniated disc
  • Disc degenerative disease
  • Scoliosis

Can affect all areas of the spine, from your neck down to your tailbone

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