When it comes to lower back pain, a bulging disc is one of the most common causes. But what’s worse than a bulging disc? The answer is twofold: a herniated disc and a degenerative disc. Both of these conditions can cause pain and other debilitating symptoms that severely affect your quality of life.
A herniated disc occurs when the soft, inner layer of the intervertebral disc protrudes or “herniates” through the outer layer, putting pressure on the nerve roots and causing pain. Depending on the severity, herniated discs can cause a wide range of symptoms, such as muscle weakness, numbness, tingling, and radiating pain down the leg.
A degenerative disc is a disc that has worn down over time due to age-related changes. As the disc breaks down, it can cause a variety of symptoms, such as stiffness, localized pain and weak muscles. In extreme cases, a degenerative disc can cause instability in the spine, leading to chronic pain and other complications.
Both herniated and degenerative discs can cause chronic pain and decreased range of motion. If left untreated, the symptoms may worsen over time, making it more difficult to manage. That’s why it’s important to seek medical attention if you think you may be suffering from a herniated or degenerative disc. Treatment options vary depending on the cause and severity of the condition, but can include physical therapy, medications, injections, and even surgery.