Many people, most of them seniors, suffer from bulging discs. Once the body gets older the intervertebral disc degenerates and causes much pain. Bulging discs occur when the soft spongy substance called nucleus pulposes, existing in the center of the intervertebral disc bulges out. The core of the disc is surrounded by annulus fibrosis or the ligaments, which are subject to pressure when the nucleus pulposes bulges out. At first the pain may not even be noticed, but when the bulging gets into the spinal canal, the level of pain increases.
Symptoms of Bulging Discs
Similar to those of a herniated disc, symptoms of bulging discs may include:
- Electric Shock
- Tingling & Numbness
- Muscle Weakness
Bulging Discs - Home Treatment
Some people can live with bulging discs as the level of pain is low. But others can experience such severe lower back pain that their lives are affected quite seriously. The majority of bulging discs do not need surgery. There are several other methods that can be used successfully for treating the patients with bulging discs. Some things to consider are:
- Avoid movements and positions that increase pain or numbness.
- Limit your activities, and try briefly resting your back if your pain is severe. Try taking short walks and doing light activities that do not cause pain. Then gradually start your regular activities. Even if you have severe pain, bed rest of more than 1 to 2 days can cause the muscles in your back-as well as the rest of your body-to become weaker.
- Use ice or heat to relieve pain. Apply ice 3 times a day. Do not use ice for longer than 15 to 20 minutes at a time. Heat relieves pain for some people, but it should not be used too soon after an injury. Ask your doctor about using ice and heat to reduce your pain.
- Take nonprescription pain relievers to help reduce pain. Examples include aspirin (such as Bayer), acetaminophen (such as Tylenol), ibuprofen (such as Motrin), and naproxen sodium (such as Aleve).
- Physical therapy is often prescribed to the patients that have bulging discs. One of the physical therapy methods is called traction. The therapist will pull the vertebrae, letting the blood flow into the affected area. The blood circulation is very important, as it transports nutrients and minerals needed in order to promote healing. Massage is also a good therapy option for bulging disc. Its role is similar, letting the blood flow into the disc and help it heal itself.
- The DDS 500 Traction Lower Back Brace has been found by Doctors and rehabilitation professionals to be a revolutionary, effective approach in the treatment of lower back paid do to spinal diseases and injuries. The process is simple: by increasing the intervertebral disc space, pressure applied on the nerve root is relieved, thereby, eliminating pain while assisting active-rehabilitation.
Is surgery necessary in the treatment of bulging discs?
Usually surgery is not recommended for a bulging disc. Symptoms of pain and sensory abnormalities usually do not require immediate intervention, but patients who have significant weakness or a rapidly progressing problem should consult their healthcare professional. The DDS 500 is especially valuable for pre and post surgery, providing stability equal to a stiff body jacket with the added benefit that as the patient progresses and requires less support, the detachable rigid panels can be removed to create a semi-rigid support with one or no support panels. It easily converts to a soft LSO and provides greater flexibility.