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Dr. Philip R. Schalow
The space between the vertebrae is composed of a tough annulus fibrosis with a more fluid gelatinous nucleus pulposus.
If you injure your back and the nucleus material bulges into the spinal canal it can inflame the surrounding tissue and irritate the spinal nerves causing pain and stiffness.
Depending on the severity of the bulge mild exercise can be very beneficial and in some cases relieve the nerve pressure.
So, whatever you can tolerate in terms of pain a conservative exercise regime will be more effective than simply bedrest.
Often a bulging disc can press on nerves creating pain. Sometimes rest in itself will not reduce the nerve impingement. Depending on what town you're in you can find a chiropractor certified in disc disease to help accelerate the recovery with disc distraction.
Hope that makes sense.
Dr. David Tucker, DC-Chiropractor & Wellness Consultant