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Herniated or Bulging Discs

Herniated or Bulging Discs

Our spines are delicate, and even the slightest injury or complication can leave us in pain. Herniated and bulging discs can cause significant discomfort that interferes with your daily activities. However, with the right treatment, you can effectively manage these conditions and return to your normal routine.

Physicians Plus is committed to helping you manage your herniated or bulging discs in a way that matches your lifestyle and wellness goals. Work alongside our knowledgeable physicians toward improved health and happiness.

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What are Herniated and Bulging Discs?

Your spine is made up of small bones known as vertebrae, which are cushioned by discs. These discs have a soft, gel-like center (nucleus) surrounded by a tougher, rubbery exterior (annulus). When these discs are healthy, they act as shock absorbers for the spine, allowing for flexibility and movement.

A bulging disc occurs when the disc protrudes outward, but the outer layers of the annulus remains intact. This condition is also known as disc prolapse. On the other hand, a herniated disc, also known as a slipped or ruptured disc, happens when the soft nucleus spurts out through a tear in the annulus. Although these conditions sound similar, they are distinct and can affect your health in different ways.

Causes and Effects of Herniated and Bulging Discs

Herniated and bulging discs can be caused by a variety of factors, including aging, injury, poor posture, and excessive strain on the spine. They are more common in the lumbar region, or the lower back, but can occur anywhere along the spine.

The symptoms of these conditions can vary greatly depending on the location and severity of the disc damage. Common symptoms include pain on one side of the body, sharp pain in the leg, hip, or buttocks, numbness in different parts of the body, and weakness in the legs. These symptoms can be exacerbated by certain activities such as standing, sitting, sneezing, coughing, laughing, and walking.

Managing and Preventing Herniated and Bulging Discs

One of the most effective ways to prevent herniated and bulging discs is by adopting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This includes engaging in regular exercise to strengthen the muscles that support the spine, practicing good posture to alleviate pressure on the discs, and being mindful of avoiding heavy lifting or activities that may strain the back. However, if you have already been diagnosed with a herniated or bulging disc, there are several treatments available that can help manage your condition, such as physical therapy, medication, and in some cases, surgical intervention.

It is important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for your specific situation and to ensure the best possible outcome for your spinal health.

No matter your exact circumstances, Physicians Plus is dedicated to helping you feel better. It’s possible to manage your condition through our physical therapy services and customized pain treatments. Our team of experts will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan that suits your needs and helps alleviate your symptoms.

Contact Our Physicians

If you are experiencing symptoms of a herniated or bulging disc, we encourage you to seek medical attention as soon as possible. At Physicians Plus, we are here to help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you manage your condition and return to your normal activities.

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