19 Feb Treatment for Bulging Discs
Bulging discs are a leading cause of back pain. Integrated Pain Consultants specializes in treating a wide variety of back pain, and bulging discs can cause a wide degree of pain from discomfort to debilitating. It happens when a disc in the spine compresses a nearby nerve root. Bulging discs get more common as we age because the fibrous parts of our discs get weaker. The ongoing pressure within the back can cause it to stretch and for the disc to “bulge” out of place. If untreated, a bulging disc can tear and turn into a much more painful and serious herniated disc.
Not everyone with a bulging disc has symptoms. The disc has to press against a nerve to cause symptoms-and those without symptoms are at an increased risk of herniating the disc. A bulging disc can include pain in the back, buttocks, hips, legs, and even the feet. It can roam upward to the neck, arms, and fingers, too. Sometimes a bulging disc’s primary pain isn’t close to the back, which can cause misdiagnoses.
However, 90 percent of bulging discs happen and cause pain in the lower back. This is where the sciatic nerve begins its course, which is why sciatic pain and bulging discs go hand in hand. Fortunately, there are three promising pain treatment options for bulging discs.
Epidural steroid injections
Minimally invasive, these epidural steroid injections offer immediate relief for acute pain like the one caused by bulging discs. The relief can be strong enough to let a patient return to activities of daily living and improves mobility, optimize function, and minimizes dependency on pain medication like opioids. It can help you delay or even avoid surgery.
Spinal cord stimulation
Electrical current offers pain relief with spinal cord stimulation. Using Bluetooth technology, this treatment interrupts the messages between the nerves and the brain communicating pain in the lower back. It reduces dependency on pain medication and offers fast relief.
If you’d like to know more about treating bulging discs, call Integrated Pain Consultants at 480-626-2552. We also invite you to learn more about Dr. Nikesh Seth and other providers including Dr. Anne-Marie Cosijns, Dr. Lisa Sparks, Dr. Michael Givens, and our team of Nurse Practitioners.