Bulged or Herniated Disc Symptoms
Patients suffering from back pain, leg pain, and other symptoms may have a bulging or herniated disc. Life Health will determine the cause of a patient’s pain by reviewing your medical history, performing a complete physical examination, and using diagnostic testing to identify the source of your pain.
Understanding Bulging/Herniated Discs
When we are working with the spine, there are normally two areas we have to focus on, a pinched nerve or a bulging disc. A pinched nerve occurs when a herniated disc is leaking material outside the disc, which will irritate a nearby nerve. Radicular pain is the most common issue related to spinal disc problems. Sciatica pain is one of the most common issues when a patient is dealing with leg pain from a pinched nerve.
Disc pain is different from nerve pain because it will lead to pain in the low back or leg as the disc space itself is painful. The discs act as a cushion between the vertebrae in the spine. The discs have an outer layer of cartilage that surround the softer cartilage. When a bulging disc occurs, it will push outside the space. Think of a bulging disc similar to a hamburger that is too large for the bun. When the disc is too big to fit into the vertebrae, it will cause the entire spine to have problems in the way it functions. While some medical experts feel bulging discs are a “normal” part of the aging process, we find there are methods to effectively treat bulging discs, allowing patients to live a pain-free lifestyle.
A herniated disc is different as it will have a crack in the outer layer of cartilage, allowing the inner cartilage to protrude from the disc. Some people will refer to a herniated disc as a ruptured or slipped disc. Herniated discs are more likely to cause pain compared to a bulging disc, but the important thing to remember is there are treatments to help ease the pain.
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