A Bulging Disc refers to a vertebral disc that protrudes beyond its normal boundaries. In many cases, this protrusion may irritate surrounding nerves and produce pain. A Herniated Disc occurs when a tear in the disc’s outer ring allows its inner contents to protrude beyond normal boundaries. A disc herniation also initiates a painful inflammatory response that can cause severe pain.
Bulging and herniated discs are common causes of neck and low back pain. They typically arise from acute trauma or develop over time and are degenerative in nature. In either case, herniated discs can be chronically debilitating. When disc injuries occur in the neck, the pain often radiates into the shoulders and arms. Disc injuries in the lower back often cause pain shooting down the buttocks and legs.
Common symptoms include:
Diagnoses usually starts with an initial evaluation performed by a physician. Based on their findings they typically schedule you for an MRI, which is commonly used to identify bulging and herniated discs.
Bulging discs are usually a precursor to herniated discs – meaning that if they go untreated, they can develop into a herniation. Pain caused by most disc protrusions can be managed through chiropractic care. Severe herniations may require surgical intervention, but we always promote conservative care options first.
Please call us if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above. We’ve helped many people suffering from pain caused by a bulging and herniated disc.