What is a Bulging Disc?
One of many terms used to describe the degree or extent of a herniated disc of the spine is called a bulging disc. The intervertebral disc acts as a soft cushion between your vertebrae. As we age, you can strain your disc through improper posture and injury, which can weaken the discs’ integrity, causing it to lose its shape and bulge into the spinal canal. This bulging disc can work its way out and apply pressure to the spinal cord and spinal nerves, leading to painful symptoms including weakness, numbness, burning, and tingling– or you may not have any symptoms at all.
A bulging or herniated disc can cause many other diagnosed conditions of the spine such as, foraminal or spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal), and sciatica or radiculopathy. These conditions are the result of the spinal canal becoming narrow due to spinal arthritis, bone spurs or disc herniated thus putting pressure on the spinal cord or nerves.