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Your vertebral discs are made up of several layers: a hard, outer layer called the fibrous ring, and a softer inside core, called the central pulp.
When one of these discs deteriorates or is damaged, the central pulp layer can start bulging out of the outer layer of the disc.
It can be difficult to tell if you’re experiencing a bulging disc, because there are not always obvious symptoms or pain. You can make an appointment with us at Q Spine Institute to discuss the best kind of treatment for your condition.
A bulging disc can be caused by a number of different factors, including injury or trauma. Any situation that impacts the spine can cause compression of the discs and nerves, which can result in the discs bulging.
When the gel-like center of your spinal disc is pushed against the disc’s harder outer layer, this causes a bulging disc. If some of the fluid from the disc leaks out, that pain can become more intense and cause the disc to herniate.
Any condition which adds pressure to the spine can cause a bulging disc to form, including obesity, remaining sedentary, lifting heavy items, and repetitive motion. The natural process of aging can also cause bulging discs to form in the spine, as a result of the weakening of discs.
Many patients may have success with more conservative treatments like cortisone injections or physical therapy.
It is not often that our experts recommend surgery to relieve symptoms for bulging discs, but if you have tried at-home treatments or more conservative methods and are still experiencing symptoms, you may want to seriously consider surgery.
The team at Q Spine Institute specializes in innovative, minimally-invasive surgical treatments that can provide relief for your condition, especially if you have experienced symptoms for a longer period of time.
If you’d like to discuss possible treatments and the best course of action to relieve your pain, make an appointment with us at Q Spine Institute – we look forward to helping you!
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