In the lower back, the damaged disc can cause pain to travel to the hips, buttocks, legs and feet. In the cervical spine, pain can radiate from the neck, down the arm and to the fingers. Approximately 90 percent of bulging discs occur in the lower back, or lumbar area, of the spine.
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A ‘disc bulge’ is a word used to describe findings seen on a MRI study of the spinal discs. The spinal discs are soft cushions that rest between the bones of the spine, the vertebrae. A normal spinal disc is critical to mobility of the spine. The disc functions to absorb energy in the spine, yet also allow the spine to bend and rotate.
A bulging disc is usually considered a normal part of aging. Some discs most likely begin to bulge as a part of both the aging process and the degeneration process of the intervertebral disc. A bulging disc is not necessarily a sign that anything serious is happening to your spine.
Bulging Disc Symptoms. The type of pain caused by a bulging disc is a clue to where the abnormal disc is located: Lumbar bulging discs most often cause pain in the buttocks, legs, feet and abdomen. Cervical bulging discs most often cause pain in the head, neck, shoulders, arms, …
Causes. A bulging disc only becomes serious when it bulges enough to cause narrowing of your spinal canal. If there are bone spurs present on the facet joints behind the bulging disc, the combination may cause narrowing of your spinal canal in that area. This is …
A bruise on the spine can feel like a lump or bump. These are most common after an acute injury. Tight Muscle or Muscle Spasm. Sometimes the muscles surrounding the spinal cord can tighten up and result in a “knot” feeling. Tender Lymph Node. If the lump in in the cervical (neck) region of the spine, it could be the result of an inflamed lymph node.
Two Causes of Pain: Pinched Nerve vs. Disc Pain. There are two main ways a spinal disc can cause pain: Pinched nerve. In most cases a herniated disc itself is not painful, but rather the material leaking out of the disc pinches, inflames, or irritates a nearby nerve, causing radicular pain.
When a disc bulges the gel-like material inside of it gets pushed back towards the nerves and structures of the spine. This bulge can sometimes compress nerves in your spine and cause pain, tingling/or burning sensation, and/or other symptoms .
In severe cases, you may experience heaviness in your legs and/or difficulty walking. More common symptoms are: Common symptoms of Bulging Disc include: In the lumbar spine: pain, numbness, tingling, burning, and weakness in the lower back, buttocks, legs, and feet.