A 41-year-old member asked:
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difference between buldging disks and herniated disks?

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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
31 years experience Family Medicine
One is torn : The disc has a fibrous band around it called the anulus fibrosis. With a herniated disc the band is broken and with a buldging disc the band is intact.
Answered on Aug 23, 2020
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Dr. Qamar Khan
16 years experience Pain Management
Synonyms: The terms bulging disk, slipped disk, herniated disk are roughly the same idea that they disc has moved out of place where it should be and possibly compressing nerve or spinal cord. Typically though herniated disk signifies a slight increase in severity of pathology over a bulging disc. It gets a little more specific if terms like disc protrusion and disc extrusion come into the mix.
Answered on Jan 1, 2020
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
Same: two names which mean the same thing.
Answered on Feb 29, 2016

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Size: Bulging discs are normal findings on imaging studies while disc herniations are discs that have moved out of there normal position.
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Dr. Keshab Paudel
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Please see below: All these terms are being used interchangeably for disc herniation.
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Dr. Steven Saunders
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Herniated disk: Very much the same but herniated generally connotes greater disc extrusion with greater potential for affecting spinal nerves.
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Size: Bulging discs are normal findings on imaging studies while disc herniations are discs that have moved out of there normal position. Disc bulges do not ... Read More
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