Bulging Discs

bulging (Herniated) disc


herniated, or bulging, disc is when a disc in your spine that is supposed to be between each vertebrae slips out of place and irritates the surrounding nerves. The nerve pain causes discomfort in the injured’s back, lower body, or arms depending on the affected disc.

What Are The Symptoms?

Symptoms of a herniated disk include:

  • Backache
  • Numbness or weakness in you hand, arm, or shoulder 
  • Pain in upper or lower back that you have never felt before

Areas That Can Be Affected

  • Lower Back
    • Burning, tingling, and numbness in the buttock, leg, or foot
    • Pain is sharp and electric, shock-like
    • Pain increases, or is apparent, from walking, sitting, or straightening the leg
  • Spine/ Neck
    • Pain in the neck
  • Pain between the shoulder blades
    • Pain that travels from the shoulder down to the fingers
    • Arm numbness.

Causes of Herniated Discs

  • Age. As you grow older, you become more susceptible to a herniated disc.
  • Genetics. Herniated discs can run in families
  • Movements that are jarring and unexpected
  • Sudden Strain on your upper body

Diagnosis Of A Herniated Disc

  • X-ray
  • CT or CAT Scan
  • MRI
  • Myelogram
  • Electromyogram and Nerve Conduction Studies

Treatment For A Herniated Disc

Following a consultation from a medical professional, the usual course for recovery and treatment of a herniated disc begins with non-surgical practices. If the pain persists following the non-surgical treatment methods, medication may be prescribed to reduce the inflammation. If both methods are unsuccessful for the patient’s treatment, surgery may be advised.

  • Non-Surgical Treatments
    • Low, painless activity levels by the patient for days or weeks to reduce the spinal nerve inflammation.
    • The prescription of a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication for mild or moderate pain.
    • An epidural steroid injection to the area of the herniated disc.
    • Wearing a back brace.
    • Physical therapy specifically designed to each unique patient.
      • Pelvic traction
      • Gentle Massage
      • Ice and heat therapy
      • Ultrasound
      • Electrical Muscle Stimulation
      • Stretching
      • Pain medication and muscle relaxants to be used in conjunction with Physical Therapy, however doctors tend to discourage this practice unless necessary.
  • Surgery
    • If non-surgical practices have not alleviated the pain from the herniated disc, a doctor may advise the injured to undergo surgical options. The determination that surgery is appropriate for the injured is ascertained on a number of factors of the patient’s well-being such as age, overall health, and other medical issues. Being that surgery is risky for certain individuals, it may not be appropriate in every situation nor may it prove successful.
    • Lumbar Spine Surgery
      • Is used to alleviate leg pain and sciatica caused by the herniated disc.
      • Procedure:
        • Small incision down center of back
        • The muscles are then moved to the side so the surgeon can observe the herniated disc
        • Through a discectomy, a surgical procedure, the herniated disc is removed and then stabilized
    • Artificial Disc Surgery
      • Must be a disc between the L4 and L5, or L5 and S1
      • Patient must:
        • Undergo six months of non-surgical treatment
        • Be in overall good health
      • Artificial disc surgery is not appropriate for those with more than one disc being affected or significant leg pain.
    • Cervical Spine Surgery
      • Procedure
        • Incision made in either the front or back of the neck depending on the location of the herniated disk
          • If surgery is done through the front of the neck, the spine needs to be stabilized through the implant of a cervical plate, interbody device and screws
          • If the surgery is done through the back of the neck surgical fusion is not usually necessary.

Murphy Law Firm is Here to Help

If you have a herniated disc which was caused by the fault of another party, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. However, in order to secure your compensation, you must prove that the other party was at fault for the accident. The experienced personal injury attorneys at the Murphy law firm can help you gather the evidence that is needed to prove your injuries are the result of an accident and that the accident was caused by another person or entity. Don’t be a victim twice and let us advocate on your behalf. The personal injury lawyers at Murphy Law Firm take an aggressive approach to your case. We always pursue maximum compensation, and we won’t settle for less! 


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