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 bulging disc?
A bulging disc is a spinal disc that is protruding beyond its normal boundaries.
When does it occur?
Bulging discs causes 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 is also known to occur when the spinal bone spurs pushing out on the disc, there is collapsed space between vertebrae, and other degenerative conditions.
Where does it 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 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 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 it?
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 the 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.