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What does a broad-based disc bulge mean?
A symmetrical bulging disc occurs when disc expands its borders equally in every direction. A protrusion, on the other hand, is when the disc’s border expands in one direction. If this bulge involves 25 to 50 % of the disc’s circumference, it’s considered a broad-based protrusion.
What does annular disc bulge mean?
A bulging disc is a condition in which the nucleus (inner portion) of a spinal disc remains contained within the annulus fibrosus (outer portion), unlike a herniated disc in which the nucleus leaks out of the disc.
Is broad-based disc bulge painful?
A disc bulge might be associated with pain but this will depend a number of things such as if a sudden tear has occurred, if there is inflammation, if the bulge combines with other components to narrow spaces for nerves, if there is damage to the ‘endplates’ that are on the top and bottom of the disc etc.
How do you treat an annular bulging disc?
Most annular tears improve and heal over time with rest, spine-specialized physical therapy, and over the counter anti-inflammatories. In some situations symptoms may warrant prescription strength anti-inflammatories or possible pain or muscle relaxant medication.
How serious is a bulging disc?
Is it serious? Bulging disks increase the likelihood of a herniated disk, which can be painful, affect mobility, and limit a person’s daily functioning and quality of life. Bulging disks can also lead to weakness or numbness in the legs and poor bladder control.
What is a central disc bulge?
Cervical disc protrusion, commonly known as disc bulge occurs when the spinal discs and associated ligaments are intact, but may form a bulge that will press on the spinal nerves. This condition causes pain in the neck, shoulder and the arms.
Is a bulging disc a disability?
A herniated disk (or “bulging” disk or “slipped” disk) is a condition that can cause severe back pain and develop into a disability. Bulging or herniated disks are a common cause of back pain and can prevent you from working. Back pain is a common reason for SSDI disability claim payments.
When does a disc have a broad based bulge?
A disc is bulging when over 50 percent of the disc material’s circumference is overextended. A disc has either a broad-based protrusion or a bulge, but not a broad-based bulge, according to the Laser Spine Institute.
What do you mean by diffuse annular bulge?
What is a diffuse annularbulge? A diffuse annular disc bulge is just a long term for a disc bulge but some doctors use it when they want to emphasize that only the outer part of the disc called annulus fibrosus is involved in the bulge and there is no herniation.
Which is worse a focal or broad based disc protrusion?
Broad based bulging discs are not any inherently worse than focal protrusions. Most broad based disc protrusions are not symptomatic or harmful in any way, although some may enact pain and possible related symptoms if they affect a neurological structure.
What are the symptoms of an annular disc tear?
The degree of pain often is directly related to the location and size of the tear. Symptoms associated with an annular tear typically include pain and muscle spasm in the neck, mid or low back although more common in the lower back.