Other Names for
Bulging Disc: Bulging
Disk, Slipped Disc, Buldging Disc, Disc Bulge. Sometimes used
interchangeably with Pinched Disc or
In between the vertebra of the spine are discs made soft spongelike
material in a somewhat harder shell. A disc bulge
occurs when the disc pushes out of its normal space. Some disc
bulges go undetected for a long time and do not cause any trouble while
others may shift to press against one
or more nerves causing extreme pain, numbness and or tingling that
sometimes radiates down the leg or even into the feet.
Any or all of the following:
- Pain or muscle
spasm in the back, sometimes causing the spine to deviate.
- Pain into one
(or very occasionally) both legs - especially if it seems to run
down a line. The pain can be constant or flare suddenly with
- Tingling or
numbness in the buttocks, leg or foot.
- Weakness in
the leg or foot
Can be caused by a sudden trauma or injury, by prolonged sitting or
incorrect posture, or by repetitive lifting or back strain
Usually diagnosed based on symptoms and confirmed using an MRI or CT
Varies according to the size of the bulging disc and symptoms -
bulging discs are often good candidates for non-surgical treatment - a
doctor or PT can evaluate the prognosis based on an MRI or CT scan and
based on how the patient responds to therapy.
can include Physical Therapy, Acupuncture,
Aquatic (water) Therapy,
Epidural Steroids, Pain Medication,
and/or Spine Surgery
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