Bulging and Herniated Discs

Age related wear and tear can lead to two very serious conditions, disc bulging or herniation. Sometimes both. But don’t worry. There are things you can do to begin alleviating the pain today!

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Bulging And Herniated Discs Overview

The spinal column is made up of 26 bones (your vertebrae) and 23 discs. Your discs are the cushions between the vertebrates, all along your spinal column. Your discs act as ‘shock absorbers’ that allow for comfortable bending, twisting and flexing.

  • Disc bulging occurs when the disc extends outside its normal space. Disc bulging is usually considered a normal part of aging. The severity of this condition depends on whether the disc is bulging into the spinal canal or not. If it is, it causes the spinal canal to narrow, causing pain.Bulging discs are more common than herniated discs.
  • Herniated discs: are often referred to as slipped discs or ruptured discs. A disc herniation when the ‘inner jelly-like substance’ pushes out of the disc because of tears or defect in the outer cartilage layer. This puts pressure on the spinal nerves, causing pain.

Causes of Bulging And Herniated Discs 

Discs can bulge or become herniated as part of the normal ageing process and daily wear and tear. However, most people do not experience intense pain as a result. If you begin to experience chronic pain like this, reach out to a medical professional today.

Symptoms of Bulging And Herniated Discs

A herniated disc is more likely to cause pain than a bulging disc. Symptoms can include pain, numbness, weakness, tingling, or burning that radiates to the neck, arms, hands, back, legs and feet, depending on the location of the affected disc. Muscle spasms or cramping can also be symptoms of disc problems.

Diagnosis of Bulging And Herniated Discs

Our physicians are board certified, and are dedicated to giving you a comprehensive exam that will aid in diagnosing the cause of your symptoms. Using advanced diagnostic techniques, our doctors will find out the reason for your pain, and then get you on the road to better health right away. Here are a few steps our physicians use when completing their comprehensive exams:

  • We take your complete medical history to identify or rule out possible causes of your pain.
  • We conduct a thorough physical exam
  • We carefully review your symptoms, including how you would describe the pain (burning, achy, dull, etc.) and whether certain positions or activities make the pain feel better or worse
  • We may order diagnostic tests, including MRI, CT scan or discogram, to help us diagnose your chronic pain

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