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Bulging, slipped, ruptured—what’s the difference between all these terms?​

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Troubled With Terms​
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Dear Troubled With Terms,​

If you're confused by all the ways to describe a disc injury, you’re not alone!

Several years ago, a task force of spine specialists sat down to simplify the terminology. As a result, there are just two main types of disc issues: herniations and bulges. Like a herniation, a bulge is an injury that changes the shape of a disc and can inflame nearby structures; but, unlike a herniation (where one part of the disc pushes through a tear), a bulge refers to a general enlargement of the disc’s edges (the whole disc appears swollen). ​

Other common terms like slipped, ruptured, and prolapsed are synonyms that you can swap for a herniation or bulge (Schroeder, 2016). ​​

Feeling symptoms that you think may be related to a disc injury? Get an expert opinion today.​

Truly yours,​

Vori Health​

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