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Bulging Discs

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Bulging Discs

Diagnose, Treat & Get Moving Again

One common type of spinal disorder is a bulging disc. Discs are small, rubbery cushions that act as spinal shock absorbers and help to maintain spinal flexibility. When the discs become damaged, they may bulge and cause pain or a “pins and needles” feeling. Disc conditions may occur at the neck, mid-back or lower back, with the most common occurring in the lower back.

The general population often confuses bulging discs and herniated discs, in part because both conditions involve a protrusion from a disc. A herniated disc describes a condition where a disc has been cracked and the gel inside is forced out through the opening, causing a protrusion. A bulging disc, which is more common, occurs when the hard, outer layer of cartilage extends outside of the space that it should normally occupy.

 

Prevention

Reduce your risk.

There are a number of bulging disc causes—and in most cases, prevention is impossible, as bulging discs are considered an expected part of the aging process. As people age, their spinal stability decreases, increasing the likelihood of suffering from bulging discs. Obesity and lack of exercise are also contributing factors, as extra weight and weakened muscles place added strain on the spine. Bulging discs can also result from trauma, such as sports injuries or car accidents.

 
 

Symptoms

Pinpoint your pain.

The most reported symptom is mild to severe pain. Other symptoms include numbness, tingling and weakness. These symptoms can be felt in the area of the disc, or in the buttocks, legs and other areas if nerves are involved in the damage.

 

Diagnosis

Get the answers you need.

The physicians at Kayal Orthopaedic Center provide expert treatment for bulging discs. Our specialists diagnose the problem through physical examinations and imaging tests, such as MRIs, X-rays and CT scans.

 
 

Treatment

Life’s too short to put up with pain.

Once a diagnosis has been made, Dr. Kayal and his team determine the best treatment plan for the patient, considering the spinal level of the disc(s), and the patient’s age and overall physical condition. In most cases, bulging discs will heal with conservative treatments, such as rest, anti-inflammatory medications and targeted exercises. In more severe cases, however, trigger point injections or surgical intervention may be needed to relieve the symptoms of a bulging disc.

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