Bulging Disc

What It Means To Have A Bulging Disc

Three dimensional render highlights disc painBack pain can be a debilitating thing to put up with, day in and day out. It can be caused by all sorts of things, but one that can be especially painful to deal with is a bulging disc. It is also a condition that can be difficult to diagnose, at least at first, without an X-ray, because its symptoms can lead you to believe that the problem lies elsewhere. The good news is that it is treatable, and over time, the pain can be reduced or even eliminated with the proper treatment.

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Symptoms

The difference between a bulging disc and a herniated disc can be summed up in two ways: the treatment and the condition of the disc. If it is bulging out of its normal place along the spine, but has not broken out of its protective sac, then it is not considered to be herniated. A herniated disc is one that has broken free of its sac, and has completely shifted out of place within the vertebrae, which can be repaired through chiropractic therapy or surgery. But, it can be confusing to diagnose completely without X-rays or an MRI, because both present symptoms that may lead your doctor to believe that the problem lies elsewhere.

The pain associated with the non-herniated condition can carry over to other parts of the body. If the pain you are experiencing is more than just lower back pain, then it is quite possible that one or more of your discs are pressing on the spinal nerve, and causing pain elsewhere. The nerve pain that is associated with this condition includes tingling in your legs and buttocks, neck pain, shoulder pain, arm pain, and weakness in your arms or legs.

Causes

This condition is primarily caused through a common condition that catches up with all of us, eventually: aging. Over time, the discs in our spine begin to lose flexibility and their internal lubrication. The outer shell begins to dry up and compresses the inner disc, allowing it to slip outside of its normal position.

Other causes related to this condition include illnesses and accidental injuries. Back strain can lead to a disc sliding out of place, and certain conditions, like spinal stenosis, and arthritis can cause discs to break down ahead of their natural schedule.

Treatment

As we said before, this condition is very treatable, and because the disc has merely shifted out of place, and not broken completely through, it will rarely require surgery to fix it. The most common treatments for a bulging disc include heat and ice therapies, anti-inflammatory medicines, and spinal decompression treatments from a chiropractor.