Will Symptoms of a Bulging Disc in the Neck Go Away?

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Will Symptoms of a Bulging Disc in the Neck Go Away?
The symptoms of a bulging disc in the neck can be treated. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of lost in translation) (Gordana Adamovic-Mladenovic)

The symptoms of a bulging disc in your neck can be painful. Your doctor can recommend a range of treatments that will help make those symptoms go away and aid your recovery.

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Bulging Disc

A bulging disc in the neck happens when one of the rubbery discs between your cervical vertebrae herniates. The centre of the disc pushes out through the disc's edge and puts pressure on nearby nerves.

Symptoms

Symptoms of a bulging disc in your neck include pain in your neck, especially when you move it. You could also feel pain over your shoulder blade or pain that radiates down your arm to your hand.

Non-Invasive Treatments

Anti-inflammatory medication can treat the symptoms of a bulging disc, as can careful physiotherapy. Immobilising your neck can also bring relief.

Surgery

If non-invasive treatments do not make the symptoms go away, then surgery is a treatment option. The bulging disc can be removed by a surgeon.

Considerations

According to the Chicago Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroresearch, nearly 95 per cent of patients will have the symptoms of a bulging disc in the neck heal without the need for surgery.

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