Q: What is the difference between a herniated disc and a ruptured disc?
A: The terms “ruptured disc” and “herniated disc” are used to describe the same condition.
Q: What is the difference between a bulging disc and a herniated disc?
A: A bulging disc occurs when the center of a disc presses outward against the surrounding ligament, similar to when air is blown into a balloon. This condition is common, and some people have bulging discs without experiencing any pain.
A herniated disc occurs when the inner material of the disc pushes through the ligament tendon and bursts, similar to when a balloon pops. The Spine Care Center in Manassas provides treatment for both bulging discs and herniated discs.
Q: Will the pain from degenerative disc disease and spurs in my back get worse as I get older?
A: Degenerative disc disease does not always lead to increased pain as you get older. It’s natural for the spine to change with age. Regular exercise that trains strength, your core, and improved your mobility can help you prevent your pain from progressing. By staying active, and consulting with your spine care provider when you are experiencing pain, you can manage the pain caused by degenerative disc disease.