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Herniated Bulging Disc Specialist

Gramercy Pain Center -  - Board Certified Interventional Pain Medicine

Gramercy Pain Center

Board Certified Interventional Pain Medicine located in Holmdel, Red Bank & Montclair, NJ

A herniated or bulging disc is a spinal disc condition that may cause pain. Board-certified interventional pain management physicians Ajay Varma, MD, DABA, DABAPM, Ali Valimahomed, MD, and the team at Gramercy Pain Center in Holmdel, Red Bank and Montclair, New Jersey, specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of herniated/bulging disc pain. The interventional pain management practice takes an integrated approach to care, using a combination of therapies and treatments to alleviate your pain and improve your quality of life. To learn more about your treatment options for a herniated/bulging disc, call the office, or book online today.

Herniated Bulging Disc Q & A

What is a herniated and bulging disc?

Your spine has a series of bones called vertebrae. Intervertebral discs separate and cushion each of these bones. 

As you get older, your intervertebral discs lose moisture and stiffen. This deterioration causes the outer portion of your intervertebral disc to bulge out, causing a bulging disc.

A herniated disc isn’t the same as a bulging disc. A herniated disc occurs when the soft gel-like center of an intervertebral disc herniates or leaks out from a crack or tear in the tough outer shell. 

What are the symptoms of a herniated or bulging disc?

When you have spinal disc problems, your symptoms may depend on whether you have a herniated or bulging disc. 

Herniated disc

A herniated disc typically protrudes further than a bulging disc and is more likely to irritate or pinch a nerve. Symptoms of a herniated disc may include various pain sensations that radiate to your arms or legs. You may also experience numbness or weakness. Sciatica is a common occurrence due to lumbar herniated discs.

Bulging disc

Bulging discs are less likely to cause pain directly. However, if you have multiple bulging discs in your spine, you may develop other pain conditions such as spinal stenosis, which is a narrowing of the space in your spinal canal.

Like a herniated disc, spinal stenosis may compress or irritate a nerve root or your spinal canal and cause chronic pain. 

What can I expect during a herniated/bulging disc consultation?

You can expect a thorough evaluation when you visit Gramercy Pain Center for a herniated or bulging disc consultation. Your evaluation aims to find the root cause of your pain, so you get an effective treatment plan.

During the consultation, your pain management expert asks detailed questions about your symptoms, including the type of pain you feel, when it started, and the activities that may worsen or lessen your pain.

They conduct a physical exam and run diagnostic tests, such as blood work, imaging tests, or nerve conduction studies, to find the root cause of your pain. 

How is a herniated or bulging disc treated?

Gramercy Pain Center takes an integrated approach to care and uses a combination of therapies to help you get relief from your herniated or bulging disc pain. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Home exercises
  • Medications
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Selective nerve root blocks
  • Facet joint injections
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
  • Discography
  • Disc decompression
  • Vertiflex™ Procedure
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation
  • Cryoablation
  • Rhizotomy (radiofrequency ablation)

Your provider at Gramercy Pain Center works closely with you to develop a treatment plan that provides the most pain relief and improves your quality of life.

To get relief from your pain, call Gramercy Pain Center, or request an appointment online today.