Spinal surgery in the past has been a daunting event, and included expensive hospitalization, significant surgical risk and an extended uncomfortable convalescent period. Advances in technology have made minimally invasive spinal surgery possible. Minimally invasive surgical procedures performed by Laser Spine Institute avoid many of the risks and difficulties of traditional open spinal surgery. If you have been diagnosed with a bulging disc and conservative management has failed, we suggest that you view our page dedicated to bulging disc treatment . You could be able to more efficiently reclaim a productive lifestyle with one of the minimally invasive, outpatient procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute.
The cervical spine is very sensitive to pain since it holds the spinal cord, which is responsible for sending chemical messages to and from the brain. Bulging discs in the neck are likely to cause pain that expands to the head, scapular area, shoulders, arms, forearm and hands. ( 12 ) In general, the lower back and neck are more susceptible to bugling discs than the thoracic spine because these are the areas under the most strain and pressure, since they help us move, bend over, twist, turn and do many exercises. Estimates show that only about 1 percent of disc problems occur within the thoracic spine since these vertebrae are connected to the rib cage, which helps keep them in place. ( 13 )