What is Slipped Disc ? What are the causes of slipped disc?

A slipped disc is also known as a herniated disc. When a disc herniates or ruptures, it may create pressure against one or more of the spinal nerves which can cause pain, weakness or numbness in the area of the body served by those nerves. Other names for slipped (herniated) discs are prolapsed and ruptured discs.

What are the causes of Slipped Disc?


A herniated disk or slipped disc occurs when some of the soft interior slips out through a crack in the wall of the disk. This most commonly occurs in the low back but can also occur in the vertebrae of the neck.

The escape of this “jelly” is thought to release chemicals that irritate nerves in the surrounding area and cause significant pain. The prolapsed disk may also put pressure on nerves and cause pain through compression.

The cause of a leaking disk is usually gradual wear and overuse as a result of repeated movement over time.

Spinal disks lose some of their water content as a person ages. This reduction in fluid makes the disks less supple and more prone to splitting.

It is not always possible to recall the exact point when a disk problem begins, but it often occurs when lifting objects without bending at the knee or after twisting while lifting a heavy item.

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