What Is A Slipped Disc?
Your spine is made up of several bones, which are known as your vertebrae. In between these bones are a kind of jellylike substance that cushion your bones together. These cushions are known as your discs, or discs. These discs keep the vertebrae of your spine together safely, giving you flexibility and stability at the same time.
However, there are conditions and injuries which can lead to these discs becoming damaged. A “slipped disc” (also known as a herniated disc) is when one of your discs ruptures or bulges out of place, similar to “slipping” out of position. When this happens, the tissue around the disc herniates or fails, leading to the disc pressing into the spinal cord or other nearby nerves. This pressing leads to unnatural pressure in the area, which causes weakness, numbness, pain, and other tingling sensations.
Slipped discs are a common occurrence, and many people live with this condition unknowingly. This condition is mostly seen in the lower back area, but it can also be seen in any disc along the spine, up to the neck. If you need to ease back pain, the slipped disc might be your main obstacle.