A bulging disc is a condition that occurs when a disc, the soft gelatinous material cushioning the vertebrae of the spine, bulges through a crevice in the spine. Bulging discs are commonly associated with aging.
A bulging disc differs slightly from a herniated disc in that the bulging disc may develop slowly over time, while a herniated disc may occur almost instantly (usually the result of a sudden trauma to the spine).
Though often associated with the back, bulging discs can also occur in the neck area, with pain radiating down to the shoulders and arms. When they occur in the back, pain usually radiates to the legs.
One of the best methods to treat a bulging disc is a combination of chiropractic and physical therapy treament (including spinal decompression (Vax-D)).
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