Bulging Disc Articles

What It Means to Have a Bulging Disc in the Lower Back
Lower back pain is a common complaint for many adults, especially those over the age of 50. There are many causes for this, including degenerative conditions in the lumbar (lower) region of the spine, such as a bulging disc. With age, the spinal discs dry out and lose elasticity, making them less able...

Information on Bulging Disc Surgery
A bulging disc occurs when one of the discs that cushions the spinal bones bulges beyond its normal boundary. Not every bulging disc causes symptoms, and even when one does, the condition doesn’t always require surgery. A bulging disc has the potential to place pressure on the spinal cord, as well...

What is a Bulging Disc and How do I Seek Treatment?
Bulging disc treatment can usually provide the relief a patient needs without spine surgery. A bulging disc occurs when one of the soft discs that separates and cushions the spinal bones swells outside of the space that it normally occupies. This common condition is not necessarily a cause for concern;...

Bulging Disc Symptoms and Treatment
Bulging discs in the spine are a very common occurrence caused by the weakening or thinning of the annulus fibrosis, the outer ring of a disc that gives each disc its shape. When the annulus fibrosis becomes weakened, the fluid that makes up the center of the disc, the nucleus pulposus, forces the disc...

How a Bulging Disc Image Helps Dictate a Treatment Plan
A medical image of a bulging disc — such as an X-ray, MRI or CT scan — is one of the tools a doctor or spine specialist uses to determine the course of treatment in the presence of chronic spinal nerve compression. In the United States, 80 percent of people will experience neck or back pain at some...

Bulging Disc Causes, Symptoms and Treatments
A bulging disc can have a number of different causes, including trauma from a sports-related injury or a car accident. The condition’s most common cause, however, is the natural aging process. Over time, parts of the spine begin to break down after age-related changes make them less able to support...

Bulging Disc Causes and Risk Factors — Overview
Bulging disc causes primarily include age-related changes that lead to the breakdown of spinal anatomy. The spinal discs, which cushion the vertebrae and absorb the shock of everyday movement, are prone to losing water content and becoming more brittle as we reach middle age. Discs that have begun to...

Bulging Disc Symptoms — What Are They and Where Do They Appear?
Bulging disc symptoms occur when a spinal disc bulge causes compression of the spinal cord or an exiting nerve root. This is a relatively common condition often caused by the natural aging process but a bulging disc does not always cause symptoms. People who do begin to experience related symptoms, however,...

Bulging Disc Treatment — Conservative and Alternative Methods
As you begin to research treatments for a bulging disc, you should consult your physician or spine care specialist to help you find the treatment option that fits your needs and lifestyle. There are two main categories of treatment options for a bulging disc: conservative, nonsurgical treatment and...

Bulging Disc Surgery and Minimally Invasive Alternatives
Bulging disc surgery is usually a last resort for patients who have not found pain relief from non-invasive treatments. However, anyone who has considered a traditional open back surgery also knows that it can be a scary prospect because of the associated risks and lengthy recovery times. What you might...

Living with a Bulging Disc in the Neck
A bulging disc in the neck can disrupt your life, making it hard to enjoy time with your family or get through a day at work. The condition typically is a result of the natural aging process, which causes the spinal discs to weaken and lose elasticity. Pressure from the surrounding vertebrae can cause...

Avoiding a Bulging Disc in Your Back
A bulging disc in the back is a frustratingly common condition. The lumbar region of the spine (the lower back) is particularly susceptible to bulging and/or herniated discs because this portion of the spine is responsible for bending the body as well as supporting most of the body’s weight. Because...

What Does it Mean to Receive a Bulging Disc Diagnosis?
If you have just received a diagnosis for a bulging disc from your physician or spine care specialist, you may be wondering what your diagnosis means and what your next steps to find treatment should be. Maybe you’ve started researching bulging discs and the treatment options available, and you...

What Are the Primary Bulging Disc Causes?
Of the leading bulging disc causes, probably the biggest is something that cannot be avoided: the natural aging process. As we grow older, the spinal anatomy gradually begins to deteriorate as a result of regular use, combined with becoming more brittle from loss of water content. The vertebral joints...

Bulging Disc Symptoms
For many people, bulging disc symptoms only appear when the damaged disc starts to push on the spinal cord or a nerve root exiting the spine. This pinching causes the tingling, numbness, and shooting pains often described by patients with a bulging disc. The location of these symptoms depends on the...

Bulging Disc Surgery
For many patients suffering from bulging disc pain, bulging disc surgery is considered the treatment of last resort, only to be used when all other conservative treatment options have been exhausted. The purpose of a bulging disc surgery is to remove pressure on the compressed nerve root that is causing...

What Goes into a Bulging Disc Diagnosis?
Receiving an accurate bulging disc diagnosis from a medical professional is an important part of treatment if you believe your neck or back pain is related to this condition. This is because there are many different conditions that can cause similar symptoms and also because each patient’s individual...

I Have a Bulging Disc: Can I Still Work in My Yard?
If you own your home, one of your primary responsibilities is keeping your yard looking nice. It’s not merely a responsibility; it can be great source of pride to look out on a manicured lawn, well-trimmed shrubbery and healthy trees. But if you are diagnosed with nerve compression caused by a bulging...

Bulging Disc: Is a Chiropractor the Answer?
If you are diagnosed with a bulging disc in the cervical (neck) or lumbar (lower back) regions of your spine, one of the non-invasive treatment options available to you is chiropractic therapy. Although chiropractics is not for everyone, millions of people who experience neck or back pain swear by it....

Horseback Riding with a Bulging Disc
If horseback riding is your passion, it can be disheartening to experience the pain, tingling, numbness or muscle weakness associated with nerve compression caused by a bulging disc. Problems like joint pain or minor aches are typically nothing new for experienced riders. But nerve compression or spinal...

Performing Household Chores With A Bulging Disc
First and foremost, if you’re experiencing symptoms associated with a bulging disc, talk to your physician before attempting to perform any strenuous physical activity, like household chores. Then again, if spinal nerve compression is causing you to experience radiating pain, localized pain, tingling,...

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