Bulging Disc Treatments That Work

Bulging disc treatment should not include surgery. When you are having back pain or radiating pain shooting into your buttocks and thigh treatments for a bulging disc can often be very effective without the risks of surgery.






When an MRI of your lumbar spine does not show more serious problems such as spinal stenosis or severe arthritis and it does show a bulging disc.

Bulging disc treatments are some things that can be done to rehabilitate the injured disc.

Bulging Disc Treatments

• Exercises to Improve Your Posture

• Distraction Therapies

• Hyperextension Stretches

Bulging discs generally develop over long periods of time and correcting it will take time.

To make progress you must avoid positions and activities that cause the bulging disc.

Patience and Persistence

The exercises and other treatments for a bulging disc are not complicated and they are not difficult.

But, you will need to do them consistently to gain the best results as quickly as possible.


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Improve Your Posture

Bulging discs can develop after days and months and years of sitting in a slouched position or sitting bent over a desk. 

Understanding the anatomy explains why this happens. The intervertebral disc is like a little shock absorber. It has a ring of ligament around the outside surrounding a softer substance on the inside, like a jelly doughnut.

Sitting in a slouched position:

          •Bends your lumbar spine forward. 

          •Putting more pressure on the front side of your disc. 

          •This squeezing together at the front of your disc pushes a bulge out at the back of your disc.

Exercises to strengthen your core will make it easier for you to improve the way you sit and stand. Ab Crunches will help strengthen your abdominal muscles, and hip extensions can strengthen the big muscles in your back. 

These and other exercises for improving your posture are explained at Low Back Pain Exercises Ch3.

 Improve the Way You Sit and Stand 

Correcting your posture will equalize the pressures within the disc and allow the stretched or injured part of the disc to begin healing and reducing the bulge.

When sitting at work or other places for long periods of time it is important that have adequate lumbar support. Many chairs will have a lumbar curve to help support your low back but when you're not sitting up straight it does not do very much to help.

The key is to always keep that little curve in the small of your back. This puts the discs and facet joints of your lumbar spine in the correct position and removes the excessive pressure from the damaged part of your disc.

Distraction Treatments

Distraction therapies are bulging disc treatments that gently stretch the lumbar spine.

Over time and as we age gravity takes a toll on the discs in our back, especially the lumbar spine. Gradually over the years the discs begin to lose their water content or dry out, and they began to collapse down.

Gently stretching the lumbar spine reverses gravity and stretches the disc.

Repeated stretching will make progress toward returning the disc to its normal height. Studies have also shown that lumbar traction or stretching the lumbar spine actually puts a negative pressure inside of the disc causing it to pull in more water. This additional fluid inside the disc will help it to stand taller and increase flexibility.

Lumbar Traction 

The best way to stretch your low back is with lumbar traction at physical therapy or with an inversion table. To work on this consistently, and a gain the most benefit, it helps to be able to do the treatments at home two or three times per day. 

This is the easiest to do with an inversion table in your home. You can read more about distraction therapy and inversion tables at How Do Inversion Tables Work?.

Hyperextension Stretches

Bulging disc treatment with hyperextension stretches is a treatment that is focused directly on reversing the bulging disc. This is a very effective bulging disc treatment when done regularly and consistently, especially when you are having pain or other symptoms radiating into your buttocks and thighs.

As the exercises begin to correct the bulging disc it takes away the pressure that is pushing on the nerves in causing symptoms in your lower extremities. Within a week or 10 days you should notice some improvement in your lower extremity symptoms. You may still have some back pain because the disc is not yet healed. That will take more time to resolve.

Reverse Your Bulging Disc

          • Begin by lying flat on your stomach on the floor.

          • Keep your back and abdominal muscles relaxed

          • Use your arms to raise your shoulders up off of the floor.

          • This should put an arch in your low back.

          • Hold for a count of 10 and repeat five times.

          • Do these exercises at least two times per day and three times per day is better.

Doing the exercises consistently will put extra pressure on the back part of your disc and push the contents of the bulging disc toward the front. This takes away the pressure on the bulging part of the disc and allows it to heal. Over time it will repair itself and become normal.

Bulging Discs Need Not Ruin Your Life

Bulging discs can cause pain and other symptoms in your back and lower extremities. Doing these exercises and other treatments regularly are usually very helpful and the good news is bulging discs do not require surgery.



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