A disc in the spine that has flattened and expanded (bulged) into the spinal canal. Unlike a herniated disc, the inside of the disc (nucleus) remains contained inside the outer layer (annulus). Over time, repeated or continuous pressure on the spinal discs (from weight gain, heavy lifting, etc.) can cause the vertebrae to squeeze the discs between them. If nothing is done, the disc will flatten and expand, bulging into the spinal canal, possibly impacting a nerve and causing chronic pain.
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