I’m sure you have heard “I have a slipped disc” used to describe a lower back problem. In truth, disc do not “slip”. Rather, they may herniate or bulge out between the bones of the spine. A herniated disc is a displaced fragment of the center part or nucleus of the disc that has pushed through a tear in the outer layer or annulus of the disc. Pain results when irritating substances are released from this tear and also if the fragment touches or compresses a nearby nerve.
Causes of disc herniation: This can be many factors such as smoking, lack of exercise, inadequate nutrition, poor posture, daily wear and tear, injury or trauma, incorrect lifting or twisting. If the disc is already weakened, it may herniate with a single movement or strain such as coughing or bending to pick up a pencil.
Mild to moderate disc herniations can usually be treated conservatively with exercise therapy, stretching, and chiropractic care. More severe cases may warrant surgical intervention. This is usually the last resort when all other forms of treatment have failed or we find significant compression of the spinal cord or nerves.
Therefore, it is always best to seek conservative treatment as soon as possible.
Remember the 5 most dangerous words in the medical field:
Maybe it will go away.