Bulging Disc

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With ageing, the outer fibrous portion of vertebral discs becomes weakened. The pressure from the core of the disc then stretches to the outer rim, causing the disc to bulge. This causes discomfort and disability in various parts of the body. However some people do not experience any symptom in the beginning as long as the bulging area does not put pressure on the surrounding nerves.

Bulging discs can cause pain to travel to the hips, buttocks, legs and even feet. If the bulge occurs in the cervical spine, pain can radiate to the neck, down the arm and up to the fingers.

Bulging discs usually occur in the lumbar region. Usually, L4 and L5 are affected. If the bulging disc puts pressure on one or more of the spinal nerves, then sciatic pain could happen. Sciatic pain originates in the low back, radiates through the buttocks, down the back of the leg and may even extend to the foot.

After diagnosis, patients suffering from bulging discs are usually asked to take rest, apply warm compresses and do light exercise. Such people should be careful when lifting heavy objects. They should try to maintain good posture. Exercising regularly helps to strengthen the muscles around the spine as well as maintain a healthy weight.

If you feel that you are having the symptoms of a bulging disc, then you should seek medical help from a specialized Joint Pain Management clinic without delay.

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