Reno, NV, Area Residents Can Entrust Their Spine Problems — Including Bulging and Herniated Discs — to Our Team of Orthopedic Experts
Spine problems are a common issue for adults in the Reno, Nevada, area and beyond. Unfortunately, even patients who have never been in a car accident or played a high-impact sport are likely to develop spine problems as they age, simply as the result of normal wear and tear on the body.
Bulging and herniated discs are some of the most common spine problems we see at our Reno, NV, office. Both of these conditions affect the spinal discs, which are tasked with helping to cushion the spinal vertebrae. As people age, their spinal discs tend to lose water and protein content and otherwise deteriorate. Although some people use the terms “bulging disc” and “herniated disc” interchangeably, they actually refer to two separate conditions:
- Bulging disc — When the outer shell of a spinal disc (the “annulus fibrosis”) weakens, it can begin to protrude outward, into the spinal canal. This is what is known as a “bulging disc.”
- Herniated disc — If the outer shell weakens to the point where it starts developing tears, the inner material (the “nucleus pulposus”) can leak out and into the spinal canal. This is what is known as a “herniated disc.”
If the protruding portion of a bulging disc, or the leaked contents of a herniated disc, come into contact with the spinal cord or nearby nerves, it can lead to a number of unpleasant symptoms including pain, tingling, numbness, and muscle weakness. We generally recommend that patients address these spine problems using conservative treatment methods first. If conservative techniques fail to alleviate symptoms, however, we may be able to help patients achieve relief using surgical procedures such as discectomies and artificial disc replacements.
If you’re in the Reno, NV, area and you’re living with a bulging or herniated disc, or any other spine problems, please contact Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic today. We’re proud to have a team that includes doctors, physical and occupational therapists, physician assistants, and nurses, all of whom work together to ensure you receive the best possible care.