Dr. Liu explains the “Truth vs. Fiction” behind slipped or herniated discs...
Initial bulging disc treatment begins with rest and anti-inflammatory medication. There are multiple products that you can purchase without a prescription from your doctor that will help with the swelling. If these products have little or no effect your doctor may prescribe something stronger. If your pain is caused by inflammation, these drugs should help, but if it is not, acetaminophen can be taken for general pain relief.
Cold packs may also be applied to help with inflammation and swelling as well. During the initial 48 - 72 hours after your initial injury, you may begin to apply heat packs to encourage blood flow and healing.
If after a few weeks you do not improve, or your condition starts to get worse, physical therapy and activity modification is usually the next step for bulging disc treatment.
If your symptoms are severe and threaten to cause permanent damage to your spine or its surrounding structures, bulging disc surgery may be required before conservative methods are attempted.
Endoscopic spine procedures can be used to correct many of the conditions that cause chronic back pain or to repair failed previous surgeries.- Kaixuan Liu, MD, PhD President, Atlantic Spine Center Read More about Dr.Liu