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Bulging Disc Treatment Overview

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Care Plan


First steps to consider

  • Mild to moderate symptoms—like back pain, some leg pain, and numbness and tingling in your leg—can often be treated at home.
  • Try changing your activities, resting, and taking ibuprofen (Advil) for 1–2 weeks.

When you may need a provider

  • Severe back pain that does not start to get better after a few days of bed rest and NSAIDs.
  • Symptoms don't improve after 6–8 weeks.

Emergency Care

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Call 911 or go to the ER if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Difficulty walking
  • Numbness around your inner thighs

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