Our discs deteriorate and bulge downward as we grow older, so a bulging disc is usually caused by degeneration which naturally happens as we age.
On the other hand, pain from a herniated disc happens abruptly and usually affects one individual nerve root. For example a herniated disc sometimes is caused by improper lifting technique.
Contact Carolinas Pain Center when you feel back pain. We have convenient locations in Charlotte, NC and Huntersville, NC. Learn more about what is actually causing your pain. Our group of providers and pain specialists will create an individualized, multidisciplinary approach to care and a personal treatment plan.