If you’ve suffered from back pain you know how uncomfortable it is. Sitting, standing, walking, even sleeping or lying down can all seem to aggravate your back. While there are plenty of circumstances and ailments that can lead to back pain, one of the most common causes is a bulging disc – not to be confused with herniated discs, a term many people use interchangeably with “bulging discs,” though these aren’t the same condition. Most of my patients with back pain have a fear of back surgery – and this is understandable. Back surgery is typically a last-resort option. The good news is that bulging discs often can be managed without any surgery.