A bulging disc occurs as a disc becomes worn down and begins to protrude into the spinal cord or nerve. On their own, this condition does not have any symptoms. It is only as they cause nerve or spinal cord compression that chronic pain and other symptoms will arise. A herniated disc may result once a bulging disc becomes punctured and the soft core is exposed. This condition typically occurs in the spine and is most common in patients over 30.
Causes of Bulging Discs
Bulging discs may arise due to a number of circumstances. Below are some of the top factors that put people at risk for developing this condition.
- Age:A bulging disc may result as a spinal disc becomes weakened over time.
- Excess weight: Weight can create pressure and stress on the spine and may lead to a bulging disc.
- Repetitive activity: Physically demanding occupations or repetitive sports activity may present an increased risk of a bulging disc.
- Family history: If there is a family history of a spinal or disc condition, patients might be more likely to develop a bulging disc.
Bulging Discs Symptoms
Although bulging discs may not be the source of chronic pain, they can place pressure on nerves and the spinal cord which can affect the whole body. Patients with this condition may experience one or more of these symptoms below:
- Neck and back pain
- Tingling and numbness
- Limited mobility
- Weakness in muscles
- Trouble with motor skills
Our board-certified physicians are dedicated to treating all conditions with customized treatment plans for each patient. During the consultation, our spine specialists will go over the patient’s medical history, perform a short physical exam and a medical imaging test. Once the condition is identified, our team of physicians will devise a conservative course of action to alleviate symptoms. In some cases, patients may respond well to the initial treatments. If all forms of treatment prove unsuccessful, minimally invasive spine surgery may be recommended.
For more information on spine conditions, chronic pain and treatment plans, contact OC Spine Center today.