The terms “herniated disc” and “bulging disc” often get used synonymously; however, there are differences between the two. Both involve the disc which is located between each vertebrae in the spine. The discs act as shock absorbers for the spine and help keep the spine flexible. Both conditions can result in pressure on the nerves (often referred to as “pinched” nerves) causing pain, numbness, tingling and other symptoms. Herniated discs and bulging discs can occur in any part of the spine, but most commonly affect the lower back.
The difference between the two is that a bulging disc is confined, meaning there is no tear or rupture in the disc, while a herniated disc has torn or ruptured and the gel-like nucleus has leaked into the spinal canal. In many cases, a herniated disc is also referred to as a slipped or ruptured disc.
What Causes Herniated Discs and Bulging Discs:
- General wear and tear of the disc. As you age, your discs dry out and aren’t as flexible.
- Injury to the spine. This may cause tiny tears or cracks in the hard outer layer of the disc.
- Poor posture
- Repetitive strain
What are Symptoms of Herniated Discs and Bulging Discs:
- Pain, numbness or tingling in the area of the body where the pinched nerve travels
- Muscle weakness, muscle spasms, or overactive reflexes
- Sciatica is the most common symptom of a herniated disc in the low back
Renuva’s Approach to Treating Herniated and Bulging Discs:
In order to successfully treat herniated discs and bulging discs, it is important to understand what is causing the damaged state. Only when the cause is addressed, can the herniated or bulging disc begin to heal. For this reason, Renuva developed a unique treatment protocol for herniated and bulging discs called CoreCare.
The CoreCare protocol facilitates oxygen and nutrient uptake, improves disc metabolism and restoration, and expands the intervertebral space to reduce disc bulges and pressure between the discs. The goal is to put nutrients back in the disc and make the disc healthier. CoreCare also stimulates soft tissue and increases ATP production in the cells to promote faster healing of the damaged disc. Finally, CoreCare focuses on improving structure and strength to fight against common causes of herniated and bulging discs.