Spinal discs act as shock absorbers, cushioning the vertebrae in your spine. They also allow for some mobility in the spine. When these discs become damaged, it can cause a lot of pain and mobility issues. Two of the spinal disc problems you can experience are herniated and bulging discs.
The jelly-like center of the spinal disc, called a nucleus pulposus, is what gives the disc its ability to absorb shocks. When this center extends beyond its normal position while still being contained within the disc, we call this a bulging disc.
Bulging discs can be caused by age, bad posture, and any job that involved heavy lifting. Bulging discs do not always cause pain and are not always cause for concern. When the discs push on the spinal cord, or nerve root it can cause pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in your legs or arms on one side.
A herniated disc occurs when the outer portion of the disc that keeps the nucleus pulposus in place ruptures. This can be very painful if the nucleus comes out and pushes on the nerves in your spine. Herniated discs can cause the same issues as a bulging disc, but they do not always cause symptoms.
Advanced MRI imaging in Toms River from North Dover Radiology can identify spinal problems for patients. Contact us today at 732-370-9902 to make an appointment for an open MRI