Slipped Discs

Between your vertebrae are strong discs made of connective tissue.  The discs are made up of a strong outer and a more jelly-like inner part.  These discs don’t actually slip, but they can become inflamed, herniated or prolapsed, and can cause devastating amounts of pain.

A slipped disc, disc herniation or disc prolapse is when the disc protrudes, usually to one side.

A prolapse means the central, softer, part of the disc has squeezed out.  If the protrusion compresses a nerve, or the central nervous system, it can cause excruciating pain and symptoms down an arm or leg.  If this pain radiates down the back of a leg it is known as sciatica.

Pains caused by a slipped disc can include:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Tingling or numbness in your feet, hands, legs, arms or back
  • Difficulty standing up
  • Pain in the buttock, hips or legs
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