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Slip Disc - Bulged Disc

Updated: Nov 11, 2022

What are the Spinal Discs?

There is a spinal disc between each of the 24 bones (vertebra) in our spine. Our discs allow us to bend and twist and they act as a shock absorbers in the spine.

The outer part (Annulus Fibrosus) of every disc is composed of collagen fibres and protects the inner part which is called Nucleus Pulposus.

The core of every disc is composed of a jelly -like material that consists of mainly water, as well as a loose network of collagen fibers.This inner structure allows the vertebral disc to withstand forces of compression and torsion.

What is a slipped disc?

A slipped disc can not really slip, is a given name to prolapsed intervertebral discs that put pressure on nerve roots or even the spinal cord causing neuropathic pain.When a disc slips is when this soft cushion of tissue pushes out.

Slipped discs most commonly occur in the lowest part of Lumbar spine (lower back) between the fourth and fifth vertebra (L4-L5) and in the lowest part of cervical spine (neck) between the sixth and seventh vertebra (C6-C7).

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 causes a Slipped disc?

  • A slipped 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 test shows a slipped disc?

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

Treatment for a slipped disc

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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