Bulging Disc in Neck

Bulging Disc in Neck - In the spinal column there are discs between each vertebra. These discs are made up of soft gelatinous material (the nucleus pulposus) that acts as cushioning, or shock absorption, for the spine. They allow a certain amount of flexibility to the spine’s movements without the risk of harder bony elements grinding against each other and causing damage. Each disc has a tougher outer fibrous shell (the annulus fibrosus) which is there to keep the disc in shape. If these discs themselves become damaged, or misshapen, or if there is weakening and stretching of the outer fibers, the jelly-like center can protrude from its desired location between vertebrae and put pressure on the spinal cord and its nerve fibers. A severe bulging of a disc in the cervical region often results in the tearing of the outer layers of the disc also known as a herniated disc in neck and involves the disc pushing into the spinal canal, which may result in spinal stenosis - the narrowing of the spinal canal.

Annular Tear

An annular tear is a severe herniated disc in which the nucleus pulposus leaks out of the disc into the body. It is also known as a ruptured disc. Ruptured disc are often the result of trauma as in accidents, sports injuries or motor vehicle crashes. Ruptured disc are usually not painful unless the tear happens where the disc attaches to the vertebrae.

Long Term Bulging Disc in Neck

If left untreated, a bulging disc in the neck which is compressing a nerve for a long period of time can cause permanent nerve damage, muscle atrophy and reduce overall physical activity which can lead to other health problems. In many cases a bulging disc in the neck will heal on its own with proper rest and therapy. It's best to seek bulging disc in neck treatment advice from a medical professional who has experience healing this condition.

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Last Updated: 09/07/2011