Bulging Disc Pain
Bulging Disc Pain
For many patients, a bulging disc diagnosis tends to be quite stressful as many patients are not aware of what such medical terms mean. Moreover, as many physicians tend to use different terms for the same medical condition, it can be quite difficult for a patient to understand exactly what they have and how to proceed on treatment. Rather than understanding the different terminology, it is crucial for the individual to understand the medical condition they have and the proper way to treat it as well as its associated symptoms.
Bulging disc pain is a common condition that affects millions of Americans every year. It should not be confused with pinched nerve pain as the two are completely different. Pinched nerve pain results when the herniated disc is compressing a spinal nerve. However, bulging disc pain is due to the deterioration of the disc space itself which results in pain. Often, this pain will be felt in the lower back or in the legs. These areas are typically affected as they receive the greatest amount of torque during our daily lives.
There are several treatments recommended for bulging disc pain. Non-surgical treatments such as injections, physical therapy, pain medications, and even chiropractic care are the conventional treatments recommended to patients suffering from bulging disc pain for the first time. However, if such treatments prove to be ineffective, then surgery may be considered.
It should be noted that spine surgery can only help alleviate bulging disc pain if the cause of the pain is due to a herniated disc. This is determined by MRI scans done when diagnosing the medical condition that the patient has. Typical back surgeries used to help alleviate bulging disc pain include microdisectomy and spinal fusion.
In microdisectomy, a portion of the herniated disc that is compressing on the spinal nerve is removed. On the other hand, with spinal fusion, the disc space that is located between two adjacent vertebrae is fused. The end result is one long, solid bone. With each of these spinal surgeries, the physician in charge will explain what to expect as well as the risks associated with the surgery. Moreover, the surgeon, after conducting a full medical examination and review will give their recommendation as to which surgery would be the best for your case.
There are certain cases where spinal surgery would not be useful in alleviating bulging disc pain. For instance, when the pain is chronic and the exact source of pain cannot be determined, spine surgery cannot be considered as a treatment option. In such cases, the risk is too great for one to proceed with spine surgery. Instead, the aforementioned non-surgical methods would be more preferred until more information is gathered.