Bulging Disc Symptoms
The gel-like substance inside the vertebrae that absorbs any shock from impact loses its shape and position, leading to disc bulge. 35% of back-pain patients suffer from disc-bulge or disc degeneration and most of them are affected in the lower back. Read more about back and neck conditions among adolescents and young adults
- Neck and lower back pain that persists for a long time
- Continuous sharp pain in a specific area in the back.
- Pain that radiates to your buttocks, thighs, knees, and feet. This may be a result of nerve endings being pressurized at the lower spine.
- Back pain when coughing or sneezing
- Cramps, or spasms
There is numbness or tingling in the legs or in hands, along with muscular weakness.
- Degeneration: Over a period of time, the hard exterior of the disc weakens, leading to disc bulge.
- Axial overloading (lifting): Among younger patients, a sedentary lifestyle leads to a constant static load on the back, causing a disc bulge.
- Body weight: Excess body weight, especially around the abdomen, put pressure on the lower back that the discs cannot sustain.
- Gradual wear and tear: Intense physical activity like engaging in contact sports, aging, any physical trauma, and even poor posture can lead to disc bulge.
- Spinal injuries – Injuries like a fall, car accidents, sports injury, etc can cause severe wear and tear in the spine to occur instantaneously hence leading to disc bulge or herniation.
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