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What Is A Bulging Disc?

Dr. Ron Daulton, Jr.

A bulging disc is a spinal condition, where the outer wall of the disc (the Annulus Fibrosus) becomes weak and starts to bulge into the spinal canal. This condition may also be referred to as a Protruding Disc or a Slipped Disc.

What makes this condition different from a herniated disc or a ruptured disc is that, although the wall is weaker than normal, it does not tear, as you can see in the image below.

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Animated Image of a Bulging Disc

What Is The Expected Outcome For Healing This Condition?

This is actually the earliest stage of a disc injury, and because of that, it is also the easiest to heal. However, if the condition isn’t treated properly or early enough, it will continue to progress to a point where the wall of the disc will actually tear.

When this happens, it is then called a Herniated Disc.

I’m going to go ahead and discuss what that is in the next part of this article (in addition to what happens if it progresses past that point), so if you’re interested in learning about that, you can click here to learn more, or you can also click the Next button below.

Once we discuss the different stages of this condition, we will then be covering causes, symptoms, treatments, etc. So if you’d like to skip right to that information, feel free to use the Table of Contents below to find the information you are most interested in.

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