A bulging disc is common as we age. 70% of 70 year olds have a bulging disc and live pain free (Cady D.O. 2019).

Bulging or a herniated disc becomes problematic when the disc pushes out the back of a vertebrae, hitting the spinal cord or a nerve root.

Up to 90% of lumbar disc herniations can be successfully treated with a conservative approach, without surgery.