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Bulging Lumbar Discs

Your lumbar spine is the lower portion of your backbone and is comprised of five (sometimes six) vertebrae. Spinal discs are sandwiched between the vertebrae and consist of a gel-like material (the nucleus pulposus) contained within an outer tissue called the annulus fibrosis. Occasionally, usually as a result of general aging, one or more discs in your spine may begin to bulge. Many people have bulging discs but never experience symptoms because the discs do not come into contact with spinal nerves.

Bulging discs in the lumbar spine and elsewhere may become problematic if they bulge too far into the spinal canal, causing it to narrow. If this happens, pressure on your nerves causes symptoms of pain and numbness in the body. Often, people with bulging discs in the lumbar region of their spines may experience these symptoms in the legs, feet, and/or thighs.

Diagnosing and Treating Bulging Lumbar Discs
Your lumbar spine is responsible for supporting much of your body's weight, and its health is vital to overall physical well-being. Diagnosis of bulging lumber discs is usually made through a combination of your medical history and additional tests such as MRIs, X-rays and/or CT scans.

For bulging lumbar discs, open back surgery was until recently the recommended surgical option. Now, however, arthroscopic surgery is widely considered the best method for addressing the issue, as it requires less recovery time, is less painful, and requires only minute incisions. The Bonati Institute for Advanced Arthroscopic Surgery, located in Hudson, Florida, is recognized as a world destination for answers to pain. For detailed information, visit www.bonati.com.

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