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What Causes Bulging Discs

Bulging discs are a relatively common condition affecting a sizeable segment of the population. What causes them to become problematic is the pressure they may put on the nerves in the spinal column. Because the spinal nerves branch out to virtually all regions of the body, symptoms vary: you may experience pain and/or numbness in your legs, feet, arms, or other areas.

Bulging discs can result from several causes. Often the condition occurs simply because aging deteriorates the disc. Repetitive movements can also be a cause, as can strenuous lifting and twisting.

What Causes Bulging Discs to Rupture
Besides putting pressure on sensitive spinal nerves, bulging discs can cause serious problems if they rupture. Inside each disc is a gel-like substance called the nucleus pulposus. When the disc herniates, this substance can leak out from its casing, leading to further complications. Bulging discs can rupture due to pressure from bone spurs growing from the spine, injury, and general aging.

If necessary, surgery can be performed to relieve the pressure on the surrounding nerves cause by a bulging disc. The Bonati Procedures are minimally invasive outpatient procedures in which a laser removes the diseased disc portion and reshapes and restores the remaining intervertebral disc. This advanced method of treatment requires less recovery time, is less traumatic, and can be performed on an outpatient basis. The Bonati Institute for Arthroscopic Surgery is recognized as a leader in the field, with a documented 90 percent immediate success rate. For more information on what causes bulging discs, what causes them to rupture, and how you can gain relief from painful symptoms, visit the Bonati Institute's website at www.bonati.com.

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