Bulging discs involve the weakening of the outer wall of the disc, allowing some of the disc material to bulge outward causing pain.
WHAT IS A BULGING DISC AND HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE ONE?
Bulging discs can occur in the neck, mid-back or low back.
They can become large enough to compress down on a surrounding nerve. Most people will feel tingling and or numbness down the arm or leg, depending on where the bulging disc is located.
WHAT ARE THE TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR A BULGING DISC?
Conservative care is usually the first phase of treatment for this condition. We encourage physical therapy and/or chiropractic care. If this does not ease the pain, we typically do a spinal discography to locate the source of pain and then make a small fingernail size incision with a small set of tools to fix the damaged area. This is an outpatient procedure, and does not require overnight hospital stay in most cases.
WHAT OUR PATIENTS ARE SAYING
[Since my bulging disc correction] I haven't had pain in my leg at all and had only a little pain in my back from my surgery, but zero pain in my legs, the sciatica is gone.
Edward, age 55, bulging disc injury
Today my back and hip feel tremendous. My legs are still a bit weak, possibly from nerve damage that occurred prior to surgery. I’m going to physical therapy 3 times per week. I was back at work on November 15th, 3 weeks after surgery.
Robert, age 58,
history of disc herniation and previous surgeries
Nobody likes to be injured and neck surgery is a delicate procedure, but Dr. Massoud explained what needed to be done, which made me feel more comfortable. [Post-surgery] I felt great, and today the pain is completely gone.
Francisco, Age 48, Cervical Injury
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