Types of Bulging Discs

Bulging Disc Types

  • Mild Bulging Disc
  • Posterior Bulging Disc
  • Degenerative Bulging Disc
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Cervical Bulging Disc

A cervical bulging disc occurs in the upper spine above the shoulders C2 through C7. The bulging disc is a loss of water of the disc that may occur with the aging process or with injury. The annulus may thin or bulge or weaken to the point that disc material may extrude into the spinal canal that is a disc herniation.

Bulging disc in the neck may cause chronic pain, and with a disc herniation or disc protrusion there may be nerve symptoms of Weakness, Numbness, Tingling and pain radiating into the arm.

The bulging disc may heal on its own with conservative treatments. Non-surgical conservative treatment should always be tried first. These may include physical therapy epidural steroid injections and medications for pain and inflammation.

If conservative treatment fails, there are a number of minimally invasive procedures that are alternative to traditional surgical procedures. For more information, contact us.


Lumbar Bulging disc

A lumbar bulging disc occurs in the lower levels of the spine typically at L4-5 and L5-S1. It may be associated with a disc herniation. The bulging disc is a desiccation of the disc that may occur with the aging process or with injury. The L4-5 and L5-S1 discs are the most commonly affected.  The annulus may thin or bulge or weaken to the point that disc material may extrude into the spinal canal.

Bulging disc in the back may cause chronic pain, and with a disc herniation or disc protrusion there may be nerve symptoms of Weakness, Numbness, Tingling and pain radiating into the leg.

The bulging disc may heal on its own with conservative treatments. Non-surgical conservative treatment should always be tried first. These may include physical therapy epidural steroid injections, hot/cold therapy, and medications for pain and inflammation.

If conservative treatment fails, there are a number of minimally invasive procedures that are alternative to traditional surgical procedures.


Small Bulging disc

When a small tear opens in the annular ligament it may allow gel-like nucleus pulposus to contact the outer ligament causing pain and even nerve symptoms. The bulging disc by itself will not cause pain but the leakage of the internal gel causes the pain.

A small bulging disc may heal on its own and conservative measures may speed it along.

If you cannot get comfortable then there are safe endoscopic techniques as minimally invasive alternatives to open back surgery that may make you pain free.

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