Normally discs function as cushions between the vertebrae in your spine. When a disc bulges, the disc extends beyond the space it should normally occupy. Typically a bulging disc is considered part of the normal aging process. Bulging discs are usually detected on an MRI.
Herniated discs results when a crack in the tough outer later of cartilage allows some of the softer inner cartilage to protrude out of the disc.
A herniated disc can also be called a ruptured disc or a slipped disc.
Most back pain will respond to treatment that does not require surgery. These treatments can include physical therapy and home exercises.
Seeking treatment early can decrease additional injuries and shorten your recovery time.
As always we encourage you to seek the advise of an orthopedic surgeon.
Florida Sportsmedicine and Orthopaedics, PA
Dr. James Talkington
2428 Jenks Ave. Panama City, FL 32405