The term “Slipped disc” is frequently used as an informal name for the condition more correctly known as spinal disc herniation. The term ‘slipped disc’ is not medically accurate as the spinal discs are firmly attached between the vertebrae and cannot actually ‘slip’ out of place.
The spinal bones, or vertebrae, which comprise the spinal column are joined together by cartilage discs. Each disc in the spine consists of a circle of connective tissue with a central jelly-like core.
There are many different terms used to describe spinal disc problems and associated pain, such as “herniated disc”, “pinched nerve”, “protruding disc” and “bulging disc”, and all are used differently by doctors. Patients can easily be confused and frustrated when they hear their diagnosis referred to in various terms by different practitioners. Unfortunately, at present there is no standardised agreement in the healthcare field as to the precise definition of any of these terms.
A bulging disc is a described when a smaller protrusion of the central nuclear material (the jelly-like substance), still contained by some of the outer annular fibers. A herniated disc is one that has ruptured through the annulus.
A protrusion may press on the spinal cord or on the nerve roots, giving rise to severe pain often radiating down the leg or arm, depending on the area of the spine affected. A reduced movement at the spinal joints involved is often found.
It is worthwhile noting that there will be a significant number of the population who have a herniated discs at any one time that they are not even aware of it because it is not pressing on the spinal cord or on nerve roots and are, therefore, causing no discomfort.
To find out more our next blog post will explain the causes, symptoms and treatment. Feel free to give us a call to discuss any questions or advice you would like 01600 890282.
A staggering 64% of women are wearing the wrong bra size! This figure is according to a study by Swiss lingerie company Triumph. They found that globally nearly a third of women had never had a proper bra fitting before, and us Brits were among one of the worst countries! If you aren’t wearing the correct […]
‘I wake up with neck pain’ , ‘I find it difficult to know how to position my neck at night’ , ‘I’ve been getting pins and needles in my arms at night’, ‘ I cricked my neck during the night’ . These are some of the comments our patient make when describing the pattern and […]
Martins Grove Business Park
Herefordshire, HR9 6BJ
01600 890 282
07726 297 813