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Types of Spinal Disc Problems

Bottom Line:

If you've had a spinal disc problem, you know how painful it can be. Every movement seems to hurt, and it can feel like you'll never be back to your old self. But, with the proper care and a little time, you can get your life back. Pain is a signal to "Pay Attention Inside Now." If you notice neck or back pain, it's a warning sign from your body. It's your body's way of letting you know you’ve pushed past its limits.

Why it Matters:

The most common type of spinal disc problem is called a bulge or herniation. A disc bulge or herniation is when your spinal disc's inner portion is trying to (or has) pushed through the tough outer layer. When the inside pushes or bulges, it can cause pain in two different ways. If the disc bulges far enough to press on a spinal nerve, you may notice pain that travels down your arms or legs. If the inside of your disc pushes through the outer layer, it could also cause severe inflammation resulting in pain.

• A herniated disc is when the soft middle of a spinal disc pushes through the tough outer layer.

• Age causes the spinal disc to dehydrate, the cartilage to stiffens, and can result in disc bulges/herniations.