What is a Slipped Disc?

Dave O’Sullivan | November 4, 2019

What is a Slipped Disc?

Pain, hunched over, off work… These are the things that most people think when they hear the words ‘slipped disc’. In actual fact, the term ‘slipped disc’ is very misleading.

Your discs are made of tough, very strong tissue and sit between the bones in your spine to provide support, act as shock absorbers, and allow slight movement between the vertebrae. They are made up of a thick outer layer with a soft, more gel like structure in the middle.
What the term ‘Slipped Disc’ actually describes in when a crack forms in the thick outer layer and some of the gel like substance protrudes through. The medical term is actually ‘Disc Herniation’. So discs don’t slip at all, the inner part occasionally protrudes through a crack in the outer part.

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