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Bulging/Slipped Disc

Bulging/Slipped Disc

What is a Bulging Disc?

A bulging disc injury is a common spine injury sustained to your spine's intervertebral disc. It can occur in your lumbar spine (lower back), thoracic spine (upper and mid-back) or your cervical spine (neck).

A bulging disc can commonly be referred to as a slipped disc or a protruding disc. However, when the disc bulge is significant enough for the disc nucleus to come out of the annulus (outer layer of the disc), it is known as a herniated disc.

What Causes a Bulging Disc?

When a bulging disc, disc herniation or disc rupture occurs, it is typically due to either:

  • A pre-existing weakness in the outer layer of the disc (annulus), or
  • A sudden increase in pressure through the disc causing fibres of the annulus to tear.
  • Accumulated Microtrauma - Repeated microtrauma over an extended period can lead to disc injury. The best example of accumulated microtrauma is poor posture.
  • Unexpected load or torsion of a disc can result in tearing of the annulus fibres and hence a disc injury. An example would include a poor lifting technique.
  • Genetic factors may increase the risk of a disc injury
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Brand: McKenzie Institute Model: MKI-708
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