When you ignore the symptoms of a bulging disc, like pain or tingling in the neck, shoulder, or arms, you risk further damage if it ruptures. The skilled doctors at the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain offer a wide range of treatment options for spinal problems like bulging and herniated discs. With six locations in North and South Carolina to choose from, it’s easy to find convenient and effective treatment for bulging discs. Call or book an appointment online to learn more.
Cushiony shock absorbers called discs separate the vertebrae in your spine and aid in your flexibility and movement. These rubbery discs have a tough exterior that surrounds a gel-like center. When the outside of your disc swells or bulges through an opening in your spine, it can cause pressure on surrounding nerves. Bulging discs usually occur in the lower spine.
You can develop a bulging disc for several reasons, including:
In some cases, occupations that require a lot of lifting, bending, standing, or extended periods of driving can increase your risk of bulging discs. If left untreated, the exterior of your disc can tear, and the soft center can leak out. This condition is called a bulging or herniated disc.
A bulging disc doesn’t always cause symptoms. When a herniated disc puts pressure on surrounding nerves, severe discomfort and chronic pain can develop. Additional symptoms include:
If you have a bulging disc, movements such as coughing or sneezing can intensify your pain.
To avoid developing a herniated disc, it’s essential to discuss your symptoms with an experienced doctor. The board-certified physicians at the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain are area leaders in pain management and managing spinal disorders.
During your appointment, your doctor conducts a full medical, musculoskeletal evaluation, or surgical examination. Based on your symptoms, they might order on-site tests like X-rays, MRIs, neuropsychological exams, or electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies.
Depending on your diagnosis, your doctor might recommend several types of treatment, including:
The Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain also offers in-office, X-ray-guided diagnostic and therapeutic injections.
To find out how the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain can treat your bulging disc, call or book an appointment online.