What Is a Herniated Disc?
A herniated disc occurs when the soft interior of a spinal disc protrudes through the tough exterior. It can result in nerve root compression, affecting the central nervous system and causing debilitating symptoms. The condition is also known as a slipped disc or ruptured disc.
Sometimes, a herniated disc may result in serious complications and long-term effects:
- Chronic pain and discomfort
- Limited range of motion
- Bladder or bowel incontinence
- Loss of sensation in the thigh area
- Inability to work or carry out daily life activities
People who spend a lot of time sitting down or whose jobs involve lifting heavy items are more likely to experience a slipped disc.
Difference Between a Herniated Disc and a Bulging Disc
Herniated and bulging discs are both spinal cord abnormalities. However, they differ in severity and their impact on the disc’s structure.
A herniated disc occurs when the inner material of the disc protrudes through the outer layer. It often leads to more severe symptoms like pain, numbness, and muscle weakness. Treatment options may include therapy or surgery.
In contrast, a bulging disc is characterized by the outer layer extending slightly but not rupturing. Symptoms are typically milder, if present at all, and treatment is often non-surgical, such as physical therapy or pain management.
Does a Bulging or Herniated Disc Qualify for SSDI Benefits?
Can I get a disability for herniated or bulging discs? Like many of our clients, you may be seeking the answer to this question.
A bulging or herniated disc can indeed qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, provided the condition prevents you from working and you have the necessary medical evidence to support your claim.