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What is the difference between a ruptured disc and a herniated disc?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Pain

When a disc bulges out it is said to be herniated.
A herniated disc may cause dysfunction by compression of adjacent nerves in the area. If the disc ruptures during this process, then the disc contents leak out. These are horrendously inflammatory and will set up signficant local pain as as well as cause nerve malfunction. Your orthopod can sort this out and recommend treatment.

In brief: Pain

When a disc bulges out it is said to be herniated.
A herniated disc may cause dysfunction by compression of adjacent nerves in the area. If the disc ruptures during this process, then the disc contents leak out. These are horrendously inflammatory and will set up signficant local pain as as well as cause nerve malfunction. Your orthopod can sort this out and recommend treatment.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Synonyms

The terms bulging disk, slipped disk, ruptured disc, 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 are used.

In brief: Synonyms

The terms bulging disk, slipped disk, ruptured disc, 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 are used.
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery

In brief: Same

Both terms describe a defect in the disc commonly resulting in nerve root compression.
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In brief: Same

Both terms describe a defect in the disc commonly resulting in nerve root compression.
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
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Dr. James Marx
Pain Management

In brief: None

Herniation results from rupture of the annulus fibrosis, the tough outer ring of the disc allowing the inner contents (nucleous) of the disc to extrude.

In brief: None

Herniation results from rupture of the annulus fibrosis, the tough outer ring of the disc allowing the inner contents (nucleous) of the disc to extrude.
Dr. James Marx
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