Bulging Disc


A bulging disc is different from a herniated disc. With a bulging disc, the disc bulges outside the space it usually occupies between your vertebrae, but it doesn’t rupture. It’s a lot more common to have a bulging disc than a herniated disc but it is less painful.

Causes of Bulging Discs

A car accident can cause a herniated disc by putting pressure on your spine, which would allow a disc to either move out of place or tear. Car accidents can cause a herniated disc by the force of the accident.

Symptoms of a Bulging Disc

  • Muscle weakness
  • Pain around your neck
  • Pain near or over your shoulder blade
  • Pain in your upper arms, forearms, and fingers

How a Bulging Disc Can Affect your Life

A bulging disc can cause chronic pain that may affect a person’s work and life. Chronic pain can lead to inability to do certain physical activities, which may cause a person to be depressed, miss work, and miss out on money. They may also miss out on social activities and gatherings. 

Treatment And Recovery

Not all bulging discs require surgery. The treatment of a bulging disc depends on your symptoms. Most patients with bulging discs do not need to undergo surgery. Symptoms can be treated through physical therapy, medication, or waiting for the symptoms to go away. Many people who have bulging discs find that their symptoms go away over several weeks or months. If symptoms get worse, a surgery may be needed.

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