VerteCare Spine


Bulge Disc FAQs

No, a bulging disc is not the same as a herniated disc.

When the disc sags and looks like it’s protruding outwards, but the outer covering of the disc remains intact, it is called a bulging disc. Whereas when the outer covering of the disc experiences a tear due to which the inner fluid oozes out into the spinal canal, it is called a herniated disc. A herniated disc is an increased level of severity of a disc bulge.

Generally, bulging discs are age-related degeneration. The discs deteriorate as we age and bulge downward. It develops over time. A bulging disc occurs when a disc suffers some damage and is pushed outward from its position extending beyond the vertebrae.

Pain relieving medicines and physical therapy are the two ideal non-surgical, non-invasive bulging disc treatment options. Although the above treatments do not reduce the bulging disc, they do help in relieving the pain associated with it. We bring to you non-surgical decompression, that helps reducing the size of the disc bulge, improving the nutrition of the discs, making them healthier and reducing the chances of recurrence.

Yes, it is true. A herniated disc may actually begin with a bulging disc whose outer wall has been ruptured.

  • Difficulty in performing daily activities such as sitting, standing, or walking.
  • Persisting pain that does not get relieved by medications
  • Pain radiating to buttocks, thighs, knees, ankles or feet
  • Numbness or tingling sensation in the legs
  • Weakness in legs or loss of sensation
  • Problems with urine or bowel movements