A bulging disc is a condition in which the inner portion (nucleus) of a spinal disc is contained within the outer portion (annulus fibrosus). The condition occurs when the flexible discs between the spinal bones become compressed and bulge out. This bulge or protrusion can put pressure on the surrounding nerve roots, resulting in pain that travels down the back or other body areas. The direction of the pain may depend upon the location of the bulging discs.

Pain or tingling in the neck, shoulder, arm, hands or finger, indicates the development of a bulging disc in the cervical region. Pain in the buttock, lower spine, thighs, and feet suggests an issue in the lumbar region. You may also feel difficulty walking or impairment while holding or lifting things. High contact sports or activities, obesity, and weakened back muscles are common causes of bulging disc development. A thorough medical examination, such as X-rays, is necessary to diagnose the injury.
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CT and MRI scans help determine bulging disc conditions to the full extent accurately. Treatment depends upon severity and location. Doctors may recommend anti-inflammatory medications that help reduce inflammation and pain. For people who experience severe pain, steroid injections can be a suitable short-term solution.

If the disc ruptures, your GP may recommend complete bed rest. However, your GP may perform surgery to repair the disc and improve mobility in severe conditions.

Almost 90% of patients having bulging discs may recover within 2 – 4 months. Your age, severity of the injury, and overall health affect the healing process. As disc gel degenerates naturally over time, so preventing a bulging disc is not always possible; although, you should adopt some suggested preventive measures to avoid bulging disc formation.

Maintaining a moderate weight helps reduce pressure on the vertebrae. Keep yourself physically active to strengthen the muscles surrounding the spine. In the case of sitting for a long time, keep your body stretched and flexible. Practising a good posture may also help reduce the stress on the spine.

Back braces help stabilize your spine to support a natural healing process. Wear a back brace under the instructions of your GP. 360 relief provides you with a range of back supports to help with back bulging discs.

What can make a bulging disc worse?

Permanent nerve damage is one of the most common causes of a bulging disc. The nerve roots in the spine can be seriously damaged if they are not treated on time. It might lead you to chronic pain, weakness, and lack of feeling.

Does a bulging disc heal on its own?

A bulging disc will usually heal by itself with the passage of time. You need to stick to your treatment plan and follow proper care like resting. If your symptoms don’t improve after a few months, you should discuss with your doctor.

How can a bulging disc be treated without surgery?

Physiotherapy and gentle exercise can be helpful to treat building discs without surgery. You can also wear back supports to give it extra support and strength while working or playing. However, sometimes surgery is also required to recover from a severe back injury.

How can I sleep if I have a bulging disc?

If you have a bulging disc, you should start lying on the side of your back. Bend your body toward your knees and tuck your knees into your chest. Try to switch your side after every few hours to prevent sharp pain and numbness.

How long does a bulging disc take to heal?

Bulging disc takes almost five to six weeks to heal without surgery. You need to follow a complete treatment plan and take good rest by restricting your physical activities. You can also wear back supports to stabilize your back, and it might help you reduce acute pain and discomfort.

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