Can A 1-2 Mm Disc Bulge Cause Lower Back Pain?

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Article updated and reviewed by Scott J. Luhmann, MD, Instructor in Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine on June 24, 2005.

An intervertebral disc is a soft cushion which is sandwiched between the vertebral bodies. A ruptured disc, also called a herniated disc, occurs when the peripheral disc capsule tears and disc material protrudes into the spinal canal, pressing on the spinal canal or nerve roots. Central disc material can escape from the disc...

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