A bulging disc is also often referred to by various terms that include ruptured disc and herniated disc. Another term sometimes used is a ‘slipped disc’, which is a misleading term. A bulging disc refers to a condition in the spine and vertebrae, where there is an issue with the spongy discs between the vertebrae.
The pain and discomfort may be from a tear or a physical bulge in the disc. When these discs are healthy, they act as shock absorbers so that the back can be at its best in terms of function and flexibility. When a disc becomes torn, bulged or inflamed, then a person can experience pain, discomfort and loss of mobility.
Several different factors can contribute to a bulging or herniated disc. Sometimes just the wear and tear of certain physical activities over a long time period can contribute to and cause this spinal injury condition.
These conditions can also occur very quickly due to impact trauma or injury to the back or vertebrae.
This type of spinal injury or condition can occur in the neck and in the back.
Typically with a bulging disc, the infected area has not opened or ruptured, and is still contained versus other types of spinal injury conditions where the shock absorbing disc has opened and is no longer fully contained.
What is a Bulging Disc?
• Herniated and Bulging Discs
Only your doctor can determine the exact diagnosis of this condition and what type of back injury the patient is experiencing.
A neck, back or spinal injury or condition is not something to overlook or dismiss. See your health care provider for help.
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Disclaimer: This information is not a substitute for professional medical help or advice. See your doctor for information on this condition.