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How do a herniated disc and a bulging disc differ?

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Dr. Jason Boyer
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In brief: They are similar

Usually a bulging disc refers to a disc that is starting to break down.
Like an old tire, part of the disc weakens and begins to protrude into the spinal canal. A herniated disc is one that has popped and the contents of the disc rupture into the canal. Sometimes they are used interchangeably since they are similar.

In brief: They are similar

Usually a bulging disc refers to a disc that is starting to break down.
Like an old tire, part of the disc weakens and begins to protrude into the spinal canal. A herniated disc is one that has popped and the contents of the disc rupture into the canal. Sometimes they are used interchangeably since they are similar.
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