Identifying the causes of a bulging disc in the lower back.

Causes of a bulging disc in the lower back

Developing a bulging disc in the lower back is common among many adults. In fact, the lower back is one of the most common places for degenerative spine conditions to develop. This is because the lower back undergoes the most wear and tear of all the sections of the spine, leaving it vulnerable to spinal damage.

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Can I go hiking after undergoing surgery for a bulging disc?

What types of activities and exercises are good after bulging disc surgery? The spine supports the weight of the body and aids in movement and flexibility. Activities that keep at least one foot on the ground at all times are low-impact activities. The full force of the body landing on the ground is not impacted on the body and spine during low-impact activities. Low-impact activities include walking, hiking, swimming, the stationary bike and the elliptical. In contrast, high-impact activities allow both feet to leave the ground at the same time. When the feet land back on the ground there is a large amount of impact and force on the body and spine. High-impact activities include running, jumping, jogging, football, soccer and hockey. After bulging disc surgery you should avoid high-impact activities and focus on low-impact activities.

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My Options with a Bulging Disc Diagnosis

You received a bulging disc diagnosis — what does it mean? If you have received a bulging disc diagnosis, it means the outer wall or layer of one of your spinal discs has been compromised and pushed past its normal size, effectively bulging out of its normal place in the spinal column.

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Bulging Disc Cause

What is a bulging disc A bulging disc is a condition related to the spine, most often in the lumbar region (lower back) and occurs when a disc bulges out of its normal place in the spine. Discs are a soft, circular, jellylike material that cushions the vertebrae. When these discs weaken, they can lose their ability to cushion and protect the vertebrae.

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Can epidural steroids be used to treat a bulging disc?

If you are suffering from pain, numbness, tingling or muscle weakness due to a bulging disc, your physician might recommend epidural steroid injections to help ease your pain and reduce inflammation. The symptoms of a bulging disc are usually caused by inflammation and pressure that the bulging disc puts on the surrounding nerves. Treatment that reduces the inflammation and pressure on the nerves can be very effective.

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Can a bulging disc be diagnosed in a routine physical?

Most people visit their general practitioner on a yearly basis for a routine physical, sometimes also called a preventive exam or a well check. Depending on your physician, the exam may be brief or thorough. During a routine physical there is also time to discuss with your physician any concerns or health issues you may have.

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