What happens when a bulging disc goes untreated?

If you have been diagnosed with a bulging disc, it means that the hard outer layer of a spinal disc has protruded out of the normal space that the disc occupies, out into the spinal column. The bulging disc can cause localized pain along with radiating pain, muscle weakness, muscle cramping, numbness and tingling. Many times a bulging disc compresses nearby nerves causing a pinched nerve and nerve damage as well.

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Can you play sports with a bulging disc?

If you have been diagnosed with a bulging disc, you might be wondering what lifestyle modifications you need to make in order to help your body heal and prevent additional injury to your spine. Read more to find out about the different types of sports that may or may not be safe to participate in if you are suffering from a bulging disc.

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Can a bulging disc rupture?

What is a bulging disc? The spine supports a great deal of the body’s weight and allows for flexibility and mobility. In between the vertebrae are spinal discs that act as cushions, absorbing shock and stress that is exerted on the spine. These discs have a hard outer layer made of cartilage and a soft inner layer that is gel-like. Through the aging process and wear and tear on the body, the discs can weaken and become more susceptible to damage. When a disc bulges out of the normal space that it occupies, out into the spinal column, it is called a bulging disc. Many times, when a disc bulges it compresses surrounding nerves causing a pinched nerve along with painful symptoms such as muscle weakness, muscle spasms, numbness, tingling and radiating pain.

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Is there a cure for bulging disc in the lower back?

A bulging disc in the lower back can cause disruptive symptoms such as radiating pain, muscle weakness, muscle spasms, numbness and tingling. Although a bulging disc can become a recurrent problem if left untreated, your physician can recommend treatment options to help heal and cure your bulging disc. Most patients find that a combination of conservative treatment options can cure their bulging disc while avoiding the need for more aggressive treatment.

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How to find the right bulging disc specialist

If you have been experiencing symptoms such as radiating pain, numbness, tingling, muscle weakness or muscle spasms, you might have a bulging disc. If symptoms persist more than a few days, or are progressively getting worse, schedule an appointment with your primary care physician.

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What are the different types of disc problems?

The discs in the spine act as shock absorbers for the vertebrae, cushioning the bones from shock and allowing for flexibility and movement. The discs are composed of a hard outer layer of cartilage and a soft gel-like inner layer. Because the discs are flexible, under pressure and absorb shock, they are susceptible to damage.

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