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Hernitation versus Bulging

TashaisinpainTTashaisinpain Posts: 10
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:41 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Is a herniated disc the same as a bulging disc? Or are they different? If they are not the same, what is the difference?



  • A bulging disc still has the outer annular intact but can still compress the nerve if it's big enough and some can have an internal tear. A herniation is an annular tear breaking the wall of the disc and can leak chemicals irritating the nerve as well as suppressing the nerve also. I had a herniated L5-S1 and for sure I think the anular tear is causing my pain for two years now. I'm not a Dr. just what I've read up on also further reading see they are similar. This site describes it well. www.chirogeek.com. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,843
    Under the medical section, there are details that explain discs that are:


    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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