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Disc Injuries

What is a Slipped Disc

A slipped disc does not actually slip; it ruptures or splits. This causes the gel in the disc to leak out of the disc and exert undue pressure on the spine along with other nerves. The result of this is a feeling of pain on and around the affected area. Discs are supposed to act as shock absorbers and are located between the spinal bones. Also referred to as herniated disc, the condition typically affects the back but can also affect the neck, depending on where the damage has occurred. Discs are supposed to protect the bones that are situated in the spinal chord by providing a shock absorbing effect that is necessary during activities such as running.


The disc is made up of a solid encasing within which there is a gel. When a slipped disc occurs, the gel can escape and bulges between the bones of the spine. This damage causes pressure to be exerted on the spine or a nerve. Any body part that such a nerve controls is affected when the disc ruptures. People over the age of 30 are more likely to be affected by a slipped disc and cases are reported more commonly among men. The lower back is the most common site of pain and there are other discs that can split, such as the one in the neck. A considerable number of individuals grapple with back pain, with slipped discs being associated with a few cases of chronic back pain. When this occurs, it's a good idea to obtai a MRI Scan. The amount of time that it takes to recover from the condition varies but usually a month or a month and a half is ample time for recovery to take place.




5 Responses to “What is a Slipped Disc”

  1. The surgery is so much betetr than it used to be. A lot of it can be done via laparoscopy, so it’s a lot less invasive. If you need vertabrae replaces, of course, that’s more traumatic. i had surgery in 96 but it was for lumbar. I can’t do a lot of stuff, but I can walk and sit in a chair for several hours without screaming in pain. It all depends on what your pain level is like. MIne entailed a pinched nerve so I had to have surgery fast, but I still ended up with permanent nerve damage. Nothing too bad, but there nonetheless.

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  2. Interventional Pain Management is an alternative to spine sregruy that you and your doctor may want to investigate. Disc herniation is the #1 condition treated by interventional spine physicians. Treatments are minimally invasive and include medication, physical therapy, and nerve root blocks (epidural injection performed with live x-ray guidance).

    Posted by Thato | January 8, 2013, 12:58 pm
  3. For some people, phiycsal therapy without surgery is a viable option. Please discuss your specific case with your orthopedic surgeon as to whether other options would be expected to have reasonable outcomes. If the surgeon doesn’t want to explain why surgery is better for you, get at least a second opinion.

    Posted by Niraj | January 9, 2013, 3:04 am

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