7 Tips for Dealing With a Bulging Disc


While bulging discs can be painful, they’re relatively easy to manage. Surgery isn’t always necessary, which is a huge plus for people who would prefer not to resort to invasive treatments. If your bulging disc is relatively minor, you might find that the right treatment plan will practically cause you to forget about it. For more severe symptoms of a bulging disc, long term treatment and lifestyle modifications can help heal the area and allow you to live your life to the fullest without being held back by pain. 
1. Don’t Ignore the Pain
One of the worst things you can do is to ignore the pain and hope it will go away. A bulging disc isn’t likely to get better on its own and trying to push through the pain will only make the problem worse. If you have a bulging disc, recognise the pain and focus on treating it. Taking a “walk it off” approach to the issue will only cause more issues for you later on. 
2. See a Physiotherapist 
Physiotherapists can accurately assess your bulging disc and help you investigate your best options. If you need to learn the proper way to stretch and loosen up tense muscles, a physiotherapist can help. Everyone is different. Your bulging disc may not be exactly the same as someone else’s bulging disc. While taking advice and finding a sense of community with others might help you cope, you’re going to want your actions to be customised to your personal situation. 
3. Come Up with An Exercise Plan
Exercise plans to strengthen and repair your muscles will make you feel physically better and also help your mental wellness. Alleviating the symptoms of your bulging disc is merely one benefit of a great exercise plan. A lot of people find that things like yoga or Pilates are a great place to start when they’re attempting to strengthen an injury. Just be careful what you choose to do at first – an intense fitness regimen is likely a bad idea for someone with a painful injury.
4. Carefully Manage Your Diet 
There are plenty of benefits to losing weight that extend far beyond your appearance. Any extra weight you’re carrying around is putting additional strain on your bulging disc. There’s never been a better time than now to eliminate junk food with your diet. Another bonus to switching to healthier meals is that you’re getting more of the nutrients your body needs to heal. 
5. Alternate Hot and Cold
You’ve probably been told before that alternating heat and cold on an injury is a good idea. Heat expands and cold contracts. Hot compresses will improve circulation, while ice will reduce inflammation. You’ll likely need a balance between the two to help your bulging disc. This option is typically safe and easy for everyone, but you may want to consult with your physiotherapist about the best approach. 
6. Try Massage Therapy 
Many people find great relief for a whole host of injuries through massage therapy. Since certified massage therapists can improve circulation and work out muscle tension, it’s worth exploring how massage therapy could make a difference to your bulging disc. A massage therapist can work on the muscles in your back, helping you improve your posture and making exercise easier. 
7. Use Anti-Inflammatories 
Your doctor might suggest anti-inflammatories as a part of your treatment plan and solutions like ibuprofen can be very helpful for reducing inflammation. Some foods are also natural anti-inflammatories and it doesn’t hurt to incorporate them into your diet. Healthy fats and leafy vegetables can do a lot to reduce internal inflammation.
If you have a bulging disc, it’s important to talk to your doctor about what’s best for you. Chances are, your doctor’s suggestions will be similar. Even if they aren’t, it never hurts to ask your doctor if they think you’ll benefit from taking any of these steps. 

Article last time updated on 15.05.2018.

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