Your doctor tells you you’ve got a bulging disc. Is this what’s causing your low back and leg pain? What does it all mean? Will it get better or worse? Will you need surgery or will conservative treatment be able to help?
Although the diagnosis of a bulging disc sounds scary, there are 3 things you should know about bulging discs that will, hopefully, relieve some of your anxieties and point you in a positive direction toward better function…
So, you’re taking a summer vacation this year – driving to the cabin with the family? The river? The lake? Six hours in the car isn’t so bad. You’ll leave early to miss the traffic and make sure to use the restroom beforehand so you won’t have to stop. You’ve made the drive dozens of times before, no problem. Then you feel it – halfway there you start squirming in your seat, shifting from one cheek to the other. An hour goes by and you’ve adjusted the backrest four times with no relief. Finally, you admit it: this drive is becoming a pain in the butt!
We’ve all been there. You got a new car, you tried pillows, adjusted the seat, yet nothing seems to make a difference. So, what causes this buttock pain during long car rides and what can you do about it?