Can I use a hot compress to treat a bulging disc?

What is a bulging disc? Vertebrae, muscles, ligaments, tendons and spinal discs support the spine and body. The discs are located between the vertebrae and act as shock absorbers and facilitate movement. If injured, deteriorating or under excess stress, the discs can bulge out of place and into the spinal canal. A bulging disc does not always cause pain and other symptoms. If the disc bulges and puts pressure on a nearby nerve, it can cause a pinched nerve. A pinched nerve caused by a bulging disc usually causes pain, numbness, tingling and muscle weakness.

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What options should I consider before undergoing surgery for a bulging disc?

Bulging discs are considered fairly typical and to be a normal finding as the body ages. Bulging discs don’t necessarily mean that you will experience symptoms or pain. Not all people develop symptoms with a bulging disc. But if you are experiencing pain and symptoms due to a bulging disc, there are several conservative and nonsurgical treatment options to explore before considering surgery.

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Can stretching my back help to treat a bulging disc?

Spinal discs help the spine support the weight of the body. Bulging discs are very common and can be caused by the natural aging process. Many times, a bulging disc does not create any symptoms. Other times, if the disc bulges or protrudes far enough into the spinal canal, it can create pressure and inflammation for the surrounding nerves causing, pain, numbness, tingling or muscle weakness.

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Bulging disc surgery recovery time

As with any surgical procedure, there will be a period of time that your body needs for rest and recovery. Certain factors such as the type of procedure, your personal health history, and your ability to follow recovery recommendations, will determine how long your actual recovery time lasts. In general, bugling disc surgery is either open spine surgery or minimally invasive spine surgery.

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