Battle of the Bulging Disc
- Posted on: Sep 30 2018
Having a bulging spinal disc isn’t unusual — it’s estimated that as many as 80 percent of people over 55 have a bulging disc or discs. Bulging discs can be painless, or they can push on surrounding nerve roots and cause all sorts of pain.
Here’s some information on a condition we see all the time at DFW, the bulging spinal disc.
How Is a Bulging Disc Different from a Herniated Disc?
Bulging discs and herniated discs have some commonality, but they are not the same thing. A bulging disc is simply pushing out from where it should be. A herniated disc bulges at first, but then as the pressure continues this forces the outer shell to rupture and the inner gel of the disc to push out through the shell.
What Causes a Bulging Disc?
At DFW Center for Spinal Disorders, we want to spot bulging discs before they herniate. Sometimes, discovery is made easier by considering typical causes. Here are some of those:
- General wear and tear— Being human isn’t easy on our spine and the discs that provide the cushioning between the vertebrae. As our bones weaken and thin somewhat with age, this can create more stress on the discs.
- Degenerative disc disease— As we age our discs lose some of their water content, making them less gel-like. Sedentary lifestyles and cigarette smoking can play a role, as well.
- Injury or trauma— Although injuries usually result in disc herniation, they can also create accelerated conditions for discs to bulge.
- Bad posture— It may seem trivial, but bad posture when standing, sitting, or sleeping applies extra strain to the neck and lumbar spine, leading to bulging discs.
- Occupational causes— Jobs that require constant lifting, bending, standing, or driving all place extra pressure on our spinal discs.
Where Are Bulging Discs Most Common?
Any spinal disc can bulge, but 90 percent of bulging discs develop in the lumbar portion of the spine, L1-L5. This is because this portion of the spine carries the majority of the upper body weight.
Schedule a Consultation
Is your back aching or causing shooting pain? Call the team at DFW Center for Spinal Disorders. You may have a bulging disc that is beginning to push on a nerve. Call us at (817) 916-4685 to make your appointment.
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