Spine Conditions
Bulging Discs

Bulging Discs

Bulging discs are a result of discs slipping and expanding into crevasses in the spine and occur over time, often a result of aging.

What is a bulging disc?

A bulging disc is a spinal condition occurring when a disc bulges through a crevice in the spine. This occurs when the disc shifts out of its normal radius and most often occurs simply as a result of aging.


Bulging disc symptoms depend on the location and the size of the bulge. Some patients may experience symptoms of pain and discomfort in the legs and feet, others in the arms and in other regions of the body. The diagnosis for bulging discs is usually made after a complete medical history has been taken and MRIs, CT scans, and/or X-rays have confirmed the presence of bulging.

A bulging disc is different than a herniated disc in that it typically occurs gradually over time rather than suddenly by trauma or injury. In the majority of patients who experience a bulging disc, there is no pain unless the disc becomes herniated or protrudes into a nerve.

In many cases, a bulging disc may be diagnosed as a condition secondary to another problem. Because a bulging disc does not always cause pain, it may only be found during a routine or diagnostic imaging test such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Typically, a bulging disc is not a problem unless it begins to increase in size, becomes herniated, or ruptures and pinches a nerve.

Our Approach

Similar to a herniated disc procedures, traditional bulging disc surgery requires pulling away back muscles in order to expose the spine, often causing extreme scarring and bleeding. At Renova, we treat herniations with a simple laser procedure that causes no disruption to back muscles. Instead of using expandable retractors like many others who claim to do minimally invasive surgery, we use the AccuCision® Spine procedure to insert a tiny HD camera through a 3 or 7 mm incision, treating the disc with a laser. This method of treatment allows patients to get back to life as quickly as possible.

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