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what is the difference between a protruding and a herniated disc?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Extent: Radiologists use the descriptions of bulging, protruding, and herniated or ruptured discs to describe damage to the disc, which promotes a risk to nerve roots or spinal cord. The protruded disc would be smaller and have less damage potential and milder symptoms than the herniated disc.

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