A bulging disc is a condition occurring when a disc begins to extend beyond the normal margin in the spine. It happens when the disc shifts out of its normal radius and most often occurs simply as a result of age. In the majority of patients who have a bulging disc, there is no pain unless the disc progresses into a protrusion or herniation. Your back problems may signal that you need bulging disc treatment. Although a disc bulge does not usually cause compression, it may cause inflammation and mimic the symptoms of a disc protrusion or herniation. An abnormal disc does not always cause pain and may be found during a routine or diagnostic imaging test such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). If the bulging disc symptoms cannot be alleviated through conservative measures, there are minimally invasive techniques available to address bulging disc treatment.
Bulging disc symptoms can mimic the symptoms of a pinched nerve and can include pain, numbness and weakness. Depending on the location of the disc, patients may experience symptoms of pain and discomfort in the legs and feet, arms and in other regions of the body. The diagnosis for bulging discs requires an MRI.