Tuesday, January 22, 2008

What is the difference between disc herniation and disc bulge in the lumbar spine ?

There is a difference between a disc herniation and a disc bulge. Both can be diagnosed by looking at a lumbar MRI. A disc is made up of two parts

  • Nucleus- the inside part of the disc that is soft and compressible
  • Annulus- the outer portion or ring that contains the nucleus

With a disc bulge the material within a disc will remain within the annulus.
The inner nucleus pushes out against the annulus causing the disc to bulge out of the confines of the disc space and project to some extent into the spinal canal which is behind the disc.

With the disc herniation, the disc material breaks through the annulus of the disc. If this disc material then puts pressure on the nerves it can cause leg pain, pain into the buttocks, or numbness and tingling into the legs. A disc that is herniated is sometimes also known as a "slipped" or "ruptured" disc.

Non surgical spinal decompression using the DRX 9000 can provide pain relief from a disc bulge or disc herniation. Spinal Decompression creates a negative pressure or a vacuum inside the disc. This effect causes the disc to pull in the herniation and the increase in negative pressure also causes the flow of blood and nutrients back into the disc allowing the body's natural fibroblastic response to heal the injury and re-hydrate the disc.

Visit us at CT Spine and Disc Center- Our Chiropractic office is located in Central CT. Got Questions? Call us
860-633-8756 anytime or email us at info@ctbackdr.com

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