Why Are Bulging Discs So Common After a Car Accident?
A bulging disc is a common serious injury sustained after a car accident. It may seem like normal back pain initially, but bulging discs can lead to chronic pain and disability if left untreated.
There are three areas of the body where bulging discs can occur: the neck (cervical spine), the middle of the back, and the lower back.
What Is A Bulging Disc Injury?
The most common bulging disc injury after a car accident happens in the neck when whiplash causes a disc to bulge out of the spine. The ruptured disc can be extremely painful, especially when it compresses the surrounding nerves of the damaged disc.
Bulging Discs Versus Herniated Discs
A bulging disc and a herniated disc are similar but not the same. Bulging discs only affect the outer layer of the cartilage. In contrast, herniated discs are a result of a crack in the outer layer of the cartilage, causing the inner cartilage to protrude.
Compared to bulging disc injuries, herniated discs are more painful because they tend to irritate nerve roots.
Common Bulging or Herniated Disc Symptoms
Symptoms of a bulging disc or herniated disc depend on the location of the injury and whether the disc is pinching a nerve.