Bulging Disc Pain Relief and Treatment in San Leandro
Spinal discs are the shock absorbers of the spine. These biological cushions are situated between the vertebrae in the spine, protecting the spinal cord and joints from damage. When a spinal disc is damaged, it can bulge and push against the spinal cord or nerves in the spine, causing back pain and other symptoms. At Allied Pain & Spine Institute, we offer effective bulging disc pain relief and treatment in San Leandro, CA.
The spinal discs are oval in shape with a tough outer shell and soft, jelly-like interior. When the outside shell of the disc is torn or damaged, the inside of the disc can push outward, creating a bulge. Bulging discs can be caused by injury to the spine, but they can also occur from wear, tear and degenerative conditions. Aging, obesity, lifestyle factors and injury all can contribute to a bulging disc.
Symptoms of Bulging Discs
If you have a bulging spinal disc, you may or may not have any symptoms. It depends on where the bulge occurs and what tissues around it are affected. If the bulge presses on the spinal cord or nerve roots in the spine, it can result in a variety of symptoms include:
- Localized neck or back pain
- Radiating pain into the arms or legs
- Tingling or numbness
- Sciatica – numbness, weakness or pain radiating into buttocks and legs
The lower or lumbar spine is the most common area for bulging discs, but these can occur anywhere in the spine. The symptoms that occur depend on the location of the disc and the severity of the irritation to surrounding nerves.
Relief for Bulging Disc Symptoms
At Allied Pain & Spine Institute, we prefer a conservative, non-invasive approach to relieving symptoms of bulging disc injuries. Many patients respond well to interventional pain treatments such as injection therapy. Our spine and pain specialists create treatment plans personalized to the patient to achieve the best possible outcomes. Treatments may include physiotherapy, steroid injections, chiropractic care, acupuncture and more – surgical intervention is usually not required for bulging discs.
If you have symptoms of a bulging disc, come see us at Allied Pain & Spine Institute. There are many back and neck conditions that can have similar symptoms, so we will start by providing an accurate diagnosis. To schedule your consultation, contact our office in San Leandro to book your appointment.