Before we tackle the question “what is a disk buldge?” it is important to first understand the anatomy of the spine. Our spine is made up of a number of important structures, having a good knowledge of these structures is essential to understanding how the spine works and what happens when a problem develops in the spine.
Anatomy of Spine | What Is A Disk Buldge?
The human spine (spinal column), commonly referred to as the backbone, is one of the strongest yet extremely flexible multipurpose structures found in the human body. It is because of this spinal column that we are able to hold the weight of the head / torso and are able to stand and move in multiple directions. The spine also protects the all-important “spinal cord”.
The spinal column is made up of 24 bones, collectively known as vertebrae. Positioned between these 24 vertebrae are spongy rubber-like discs known as “intervertebral discs”. These intervertebral discs are filled with a jelly-like substance and act as a shock absorber giving flexibility to the spine. The intervertebral disc is made up of two parts:
- the annulus fibrosis – the elastic outer part
- the nucleus pulposis – the inner jelly-like content
What is Disk Buldge?
Sometimes the outer part of the disk can become damaged and the inner jelly part can start to come though, this condition is referred to as a “disk buldge”. The buldge or protrusion can sometimes put pressure on the surrounding nerve roots, this can lead to pain that can radiate to other areas of the body, depending on the location of the buldge.
Causes of Disk Buldge | What Is A Disk Buldge?
- spinal degeneration
- RSIs such as poor posture, poor ergonomics
- an injury from accidents or falls
- genetic factors
Symptoms of Bulging Disc | What Is A Disk Buldge?
- back pain
- nerve pain
- compromised/restricted movement
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