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Bulging Disc

Bulging intervertebral discs usually remain symptomless; however, they may cause discomfort and disability in various parts of the body if the disc compresses an adjacent nerve root.

What is a bulging disc?

A bulging disc is a spinal disc that is protruding beyond its normal boundaries.

When does a bulging disc occur?

Causes of bulging discs can vary from patient to patient. Bulging discs occur with weakening of the outer fibrous containment ring of the disc, which is often age related. Repetitive movements, strenuous lifting and twisting can also be a cause. Bulging disc can also occur when there are bone spurs pushing against the disc, intervertebral space collapses, or a variety of degenerative conditions.

Where does the bulging disc occur and what are the symptoms?

A bulging disc can occur anywhere along the spine. A bulging disc in the lower back is called a Lumbar radiculitis or sciatica and the damaged disc may cause pain to travel to the hips, buttocks, legs, and feet. If the damaged disc is located in the neck, the condition is called a cervical bulging disc, which can cause pain, numbness, and tingling sensations in the shoulders, arms, hands, and fingers. The nature of the symptoms usually depends upon the precise location of the affected disc in the spine. If the disc breaks open and extrudes into the spinal canal, a bulging disc is referred to as a herniated disc.

How do I find out if I have a bulging disc?

A bulging disc diagnosis can be made after a complete medical history has been taken and MRIs or CT scans have confirmed the presence of bulging.

When is it advisable to seek medical attention?

If the symptoms become severe and your chronic pain is affecting your quality of life, it's about time you visited your doctor and checked out the bulging disc treatment options available. A bulging disc surgery might be recommended.


Not all bulging discs will cause painful symptoms but if the bulging disc is left untreated and continues to swell and inflame, the symptoms will begin to intensify until conservative treatment or eventually surgery is required. In the neck, the bulging disc can cause pain to radiate from the neck down to the arm and to the fingers. In the lower back, the damaged disc can cause pain to travel to the hips, buttocks, legs, and feet.


A Bulging Disc treatment will vary, depending on the location of the bulging disc, the severity of the symptoms and how long the symptoms have been occurring. Most bulging discs are treated effectively with conservative treatment. You can take precautions by protecting your back when lifting, maintaining a good posture and healthy weight, and exercising regularly. A Bulging Disc surgery is recommended only if conservative treatment fails.


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