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Disc prolapse

Updated: Nov 11, 2022

What is a disc prolapse?

Disc prolapse or “slipped disc” is where a soft cushion of tissue called intervertebral disc is pushed out of place.

The discs are located between your vertebrae (interlocking bones that form the spinal column) and they act as shock absorbers in the spine. Discs are composed from a tough outer part and a soft inner core.

What causes a disc prolapse?

  • A disc prolapse usually occurs when the outer part of it becomes weak or torn and allows the inner portion to slip out. This can happen when excessive pressure is placed on the spine when lifting a heavy object not in the right way (twisting movements).

  • Intervertebral discs can become weakened over time as you age. This can increase the risk of a herniated disc.

  • Overweight individuals are also at increased risk for a slipped disc because the discs need to support this extra weight.

  • Muscle weakness, poor posture and sedentary lifestyle may also contribute to the development of a slipped disc.


What are the symptoms of a disc prolapse?

A disc prolapse can occur in any part of your spine, from your neck to the lower back.

The neck and the lower back are the most common areas having slipped discs.

Symptoms of disc prolapse include:

  • Local pain most commonly on one side of the body

  • Pain that extends to the arms or legs

  • Numbness and pins and needles if the nerves are compressed or irritated

  • Muscle weakness if the nerves are massively compressed

  • Pain that worsens at night or with certain movements

What test shows a slipped disc?

Computerised tomography (CT) and Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans are the best tools for diagnosing a disc prolapse.

Physiotherapy treatment for a disc prolapse

Physiotherapy often plays a major role in disc prolapse recovery. Physiotherapy techniques can offer immediate pain relief but they also teach you how to condition your body to prevent further injury.

Physio Pattern Manchester offers highly specialised treatment for disc prolapse problems.

Your Physiotherapist at Physio Pattern Manchester will support and advice you through an individualised program tailored to your needs. At Physio Pattern Manchester, a treatment plan will be developed to ensure a speedy recovery with long term results and no recurrence.

Below you can find the treatment options for disc prolapse:

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