A bulging intervertebral disc is a common spine injury. It can occur in your lumbar, thoracic, or your cervical spine. Managing your pain will typically mean you need to seek treatment outside of using over-the-counter drugs, such as ibuprofen.
You should seek the help of a physiotherapist. A physiotherapist typically will recommend treatments, such as ice, electrotherapy, acupuncture, taping techniques, soft tissue massage, temporary use of a back brace, and exercises. Exercises will help in restoring your normal joint alignment, muscle strength/endurance, and muscle resting tension. Also, a steroid injection often helps and is commonly recommended by physicians when the pain persists.
Personally, as soon as my symptoms start to act up, I immediately start resort to Advil and ice compresses, which usually help. Sitting too long at the computer definitely causes my pain to worsen. I make sure to get up and do some stretching exercises. I have no choice in my line of work to not use the computer so this is extremely helpful in relieving my symptoms. Sitting properly at my desk is also an approach that works well.
Living with a bulging disc is a bummer, but you don’t have to live in constant pain. If you stay aware of your body’s signals–when your body is warning you of impending pain–try to alleviate what is about to come your way. Know when to seek outside help, and do not stop doing your exercises every day. General exercise is an important component to preventing ongoing pain and recurrences.
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