Spinal Bulging Disc

What is a spinal bulging disc?

A spinal bulging disc is quite a common injury. They can be referred to in different ways, but basically, they are spinal discs which have changed shape due to pressure on a disc. It might also be caused by the ageing process. Bulging discs are sometimes also known as protruding discs.

Sometimes the inner parts of the outer layers of the disc are affected, while the rest is not. This is a definition of a bulging disc.

A bulging disc can cause pain when the disc presses against a nerve root. This happens when a disc is dislodged from its usual position. Of course, if the pain becomes severe it will have a negative effect on a person’s quality of life.

Bulging disc diagram

What causes a bulging disc?

Bulging discs have a variety of causes. Some of the most common include: –

  • The ageing process. This can cause degenerative disc disease.
  • Genetics can also be a factor. If a close relative had or has a bulging disc, you may be prone to them.
  • A fall or accident which resulted in an injury.
  • Repetitive strain injury (RSI). If your job involves you making repetitive movements, you can get RSI. Talk with your health and safety representative or your employer and explain your symptoms. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) can help.
  • Posture. Back and neck pain can be the result of not sitting upright and having poor posture. You can help prevent this or remedy it by using one of our back-support products.
  • Lifting heavy objects. If you are required to lift heavy objects as part of your job, you should have been given training in how to do this safely. If you weren’t, you should report this to the HSE. Employers have a duty to protect the health and safety of their employees.

What can be done for a bulging disc?

Doctors may prescribe painkillers, and there are always over-the counter ones that you can take for painful back problems. However, it really isn’t a good idea to rely on them. Here are some ideas that you may want to act upon if you have a painful bulging disc.

  1. Exercise regularly with the Spinal Backrack.  Being in a sitting position for most of the day will not help your pain. Remaining inactive weakens the muscles and puts undue pressure on the spine. Try to walk every day and walk around during breaks at work.
  2. Swimming can help strengthen the muscles in your lower back, so try this, as it the water, particularly if it is sea water, which keeps you buoyant and helps relieve the pressure of weight on your spine.
  3. Cycling every day can also help with your back pain.
  4. Stretching exercises and bending ones can also go some way to making your spine suppler.
  5. Posture is also important.

If you have lower back pain, why not take a look at our products which are especially designed for people with lower back problems? Contact us now for answers to any questions you have about your bulging disc.