Herniated & Bulging Discs

Herniated Discs

Herniated Disk Bulging Disk

The small, sponge-like objects between the vertebrae are discs. If a crack in the outermost cartilage layer occurs and releases some cartilage within, it is then known as a herniated disc. This leakage is usually in one localized area of the disc, unlike bulging discs, where damage is extensive.

Bulging Discs

A bulging discs is classified as such, when the center of the disc extends out against the surrounding ligament. The tough, outermost cartilage layer is not broken or exposed as a herniated disc, making this condition much less painful, unless the disc is pushing on spinal nerves. Age, improper lifting, common spine conditions, and injuries are frequent factors of these damaged discs. They can occur in any part of the spine, but generally the most common discs affected are in the lumbar spine (lower back).

Damaged Disc Symptoms

This damaged disc presses on the spinal nerves causing symptoms to arise in the lower extremities, such as the following:

  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Sciatica
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control

Spinal Disc Pain Relief

For back pain relief and corrective treatment, the spine doctors at Preferred Spine & Rehab may utilize one or several alternative treatments such as Spinal Decompression, or Massage Therapy. Sign-up for a Free New Patient Consultation and let us help you diagnose and treat your disc condition today!