Have you begin to experience numbness or pain in areas of your body, such as your neck and back, that you cannot determine the cause of? Do you worry about the natural impacts of the aging process on the condition of your spine? Our bodies go through many changes as we age. Some of the effects of the aging process may cause pain or discomfort, and changes to cushioning between vertebrae may cause a bulging disc. Learn more about this condition as well as treatment possibilities during a consultation with the professionals at the office of Craig C. Callewart, M.D., P.A. in Addison or Dallas, TX
What Is a Bulging Disc?
A bulging disc is the result of a shift in the disk that separates the vertebrae. Unlike a herniated disc, the disc is not damaged or ruptured. Instead, it merely shifts out of place. They may be the result of the natural aging process or injury,
Discs are made of cartilage and a jelly-like water substance. These circular discs exist between the vertebrae of the spine. They provide essential cushion to reduce comfort and ensure vertebrae are spaced out.
What Are Common Symptoms?
In general, the most common symptoms of bulging discs include numbness, pain, and weakness. However, the specific areas affected will depend on where the impacted disc is.
Bulging discs often put pressure on the spinal cord, causing discomfort or back pain. This may also result in pain, tingling, or numbness in the legs.
Bulging discs may also occur in the cervical spine, causing pain or discomfort in the neck. In some cases, this may also result in pain in the shoulders. This pain may extend to the arms and fingers.
For some, there are no symptoms or indicators of a bulging disc. However, if you notice any changes or have concerns about your spinal health, it is important to pursue a professional opinion.
Does It Need to Be Treated?
For some, a bulging disc does not require treatment, and surgery is often not necessary. Conservative treatments are most often recommended. Pain medications or muscle relaxers are often prescribed, and monitoring the area for changes can help manage the condition.
A consultation with our professionals at either Texas location can help best diagnose your concerns. They will provide the best information regarding treatment based on your unique experiences and lifestyle.
Schedule Your Consultation!
Concerned you are living with a bulging disc? Contact us today at the office of Craig C. Callewart, M.D., P.A. and schedule your consultation to learn more about diagnosis and treatment options. Dr. Callewart and his professional staff proudly serve Texas from locations in Addison and Dallas. We look forward to helping you live a more comfortable life.