Intervertebral discs are made up of approximately 90 percent water. During the aging process, this water begins to dissipate, leaving the disc shorter than it was before and causing extra strain to be placed on the exterior of the disc. This is called degenerative disc disease . At times, degenerative disc disease can result in bulging discs. A bulging disc occurs when the outer layer of the disc is forced out of its normal boundary and pushes into the spinal canal. Not all bulging discs are symptomatic, but at times the disc material can press up against a nerve root and cause chronic pain, tingling or numbness.
Symptoms associated with a bulging disc
Bulging discs are most commonly found in the lumbar area of the spine. This is ultimately due to the amount of weight and stress placed on this area of the spine over time. Not all bulging discs cause pain, but many are accompanied with symptoms and can be debilitating over a long period of time. These include:
- Some patients experience severe pain at the location of the nerve impingement or compression.
- Another common symptom includes radiating pain down the legs or arms, dependent on the location of the bulging disc.
- Other patients experience numbness, tingling and pain interchangeably.
Treatment for a bulging disc
Conservative treatments have generally been proven effective in the treatment of symptoms associated with bulging discs. However, if after exhausting all conservative methods you are still experiencing pain, contact Laser Spine Institute. Laser Spine Institute specializes in effective minimally invasive procedures to treat a number of spinal conditions. Call today to speak with a Spine Care Consultant and to receive a free review of your MRI or CT scan.