Physical Therapy

We strive to help our patients feel comfortable and achieve their goals.

Hand & Occupational Therapy

Regain functionality and movements to complete daily tasks.


SportsMed Physical is committed to providing the highest quality of care in your home

Pelvic Floor Therapy

Our Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy addresses dysfunction in the pelvic floor

Chiropractic Care

A type of non-invasive treatment that helps reduce pain and disability


Acupuncture is a versatile treatment that is very common in Chinese medicine.

SportsMed News

The Spinal Series: Bulging Disc

February 18, 2016

What is a Bulging Disc?

The human spine is made up of vertebrae and in-between The Spinal Series: Bulging Disceach is a jelly disc (called intervertebral discs) that provide cushioning and acts as a ligament connecting the lower vertebra to the upper one. The outside of each disc is fibrous and holds a inner jelly like substance. A Bulging disc occurs when the outer fibrous portion becomes weaker (usually due to aging) and pressure from the inside causes the outer area to bulge out. Often confused with herniated discs, where the outer portion rips and the insides spill out in the portion of the tear, bulging discs usually affects a larger portion or the entire disc and do not include a tear.

Symptoms of Bulging Disc

Bulging discs are usually asymptomatic but can produce mild to semi sever symptoms. Areas affected are determined by the location of the bulge which occur most commonly in the lower (lumbar) back or neck (cervical). Most bulges occur in the lumbar spine, and is felt in the glutes, leg, calf, or foot.  If it occurs in your cervical spine, pain is located in the arm or shoulder and can make holding things difficult.

Do You Have a Bulging Disc? Schedule an Appointment Today!

If you have any questions, or want a consultation with a professional, feel free to call, or schedule an appointment online at any of our Bergen County or Passaic County offices in New Jersey. Choose from Glen Rock, Franklin Lakes, Fair Lawn, Ho-ho-kus/Ridgewood, and/or Clifton – we make it possible for you to visit any of our offices at your convenience.

Causes of Bulging Disc

Bulging discs are usually considered a normal part of aging.

Treatment for Bulging Disc

Much like with herniations, treatment of a bulging disc will depend on the severity. Often times, the pain caused goes away with rest and time. Medications such as pain killers, muscle relaxers, or cortisone injections can be prescribed if pain persists.  Other forms of treatment include:

If there is no relief after treatment, surgery may be recommended. This is not usually the case but the most common surgery is a discectomy were a portion of the disc is removed to release pressure.

Prevention of Bulging Disc

Generally, prevention of a bulging disc is like that for other spinal issues:

  • Back Strengthening exercises
  • Maintain good posture
  • Avoid sitting too much
  • Learn to lift properly
  • Avoid Smoking

Do you suffer from a bulging disc? Contact Us To Schedule An Appointment Today.