Disc bulge

A disc bulge is a condition where the soft inner portion of the disc bulges out beyond the outer edge of the vertebrae. Bulging discs are usually due to age-related degeneration, and symptoms tend to progress gradually. Symptoms can differ depending on the location and severity of the bulge, however it is possible to experience:

  • pain that worsens with movement, such as when sneezing
  • numbness in the legs and feet
  • reduced mobility in the legs, knees, and ankles
  • decreased bladder and bowel control
  • difficulty walking

A bulging disc can possibly press onto the spinal cord and create tension on the nerves, possibly creating symptoms travelling into the arms or legs. This extra tension on the spinal cord and nerves can cause the vertebrae to move forward; this is the body making compensations to reduce the extra tension.

Risk factors:

  • engaging in some types of physical activity, especially if they involve repetitive movements
  • having a job that involves lifting heavy objects
  • having obesity or overweight
  • driving frequently
  • having a sedentary lifestyle with limited physical activity

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