What is a disc bulge?

A disc bulge is a common condition that occurs when the soft, gel-like center (nucleus pulposus) of a spinal disc pushes outward against the outer ring of the disc (annulus fibrosus). This can cause the disc to bulge or protrude outward, leading to a condition called a disc bulge.

Disc bulges are often the result of normal wear and tear on the spine, and they are most commonly seen in people who are older or who have a history of back problems. However, they can also occur in younger people who have a traumatic injury or who engage in activities that place excessive stress on the spine.

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Symptoms of a disc bulge may include back pain, leg pain, numbness, or weakness in the legs. In some cases, a disc bulge may cause a herniated disc, which is a more serious condition that can cause more severe pain and neurological symptoms.

Treatment for a disc bulge may include rest, physical therapy, and pain medications. In rare cases, surgery may be necessary to repair the damaged disc. It is important to see a healthcare provider for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.  More often than not, simple reassurance is all that is required.