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Bulging Discs

A Bulging Disc is not the same as a Herniated Disc, but a lot of the smptoms are the same, and in many ways they are similar.

A herniated disc is a rupture... a hernia. When the hernia occurs, the gel-like pulposa leaks from the center, and pushes against the disc outer wall. If it ruptures, a chemical is released that causes the nerves to swell. Bulging discs "bulge out" from between the vertebrae and press on the spinal cord and nerves causing mild to intense pain.

What You Notice

Pain from a bulged disk is similar to that of a herniated disc. Pain is more noticable when you're active, and seems to get better when you're resting. Coughing, sneezing, sitting, driving and bending forward may make the pain worse. The pain gets worse because these movements put more pressure on the nerve.

The location of the pain depends on which disk is weak. How bad the pain is depends on how much of the disk is pressing on the nerve. Some people have pain in both legs. In some people, the legs or feet feel numb or tingly.

What It Feels Like

• Mild or intense back pain
• Shooting pains down one or both legs
• Sharp pain when twisting to the left or right
• Trouble controlling limbs, loss of balance
• Numbness and tingling in feet or legs
• Pain moving or lifting the arms, or moving legs
• Sciatic symptoms

What To Do

You may take some over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofin or acetominaphen, but only identifying and healing the disc will help the pain actually go away. You should immediately schedule an appointment with San Diego Spine & Disc to receive anti-inflammatory WaveTherapy™ and decompression treatment to begin healing the disc.

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(above) A Herniated Disc shows the pulposus ruptured through the inner disc wall, flattening out a bit and pushing against the spinal cord and nerve. The Bulged Disc, below it, is irritated, and pushing against the spinal cord. The diagram below shows how closely the disc sits next to the spinal cord.


(left) There are many disc disorders that can cause pain because they press on the spinal cord and its nerves. Besides bulging, degenerated and thinning discs can cause issues where there is not enough cushioning between vertebrae. The aging process also causes bone spurs and other formations that cause degeneration of the discs as well.


An image of a herniated disc in the back pressing against the core nerve bundle of the spinal cord. As soon as the disc is treated and can return to it's original size and placement through healing, pain will begin to subside.