Slipped Disc or herniated Disc
Slipped Disc or herniated Disc is common problem in today’s human life. Human spine is consist of a series of bones (vertebrae) stacked onto each other. Entire spine includes seven bones in the cervical spine, 12 in the thoracic spine, and five in the lumbar spine and sacrum and the coccyx at the lowest part. All These bones are separated by discs. These discs absorbs the shocks from daily life activities like twisting, jumping, walking, lifting etc. and protect the vertebrae.
Each disk is consisting of soft inner part and hard, circular outer ring. When we born, our spinal discs are usually composed of about 80% water. With the advancing of life, these discs may become increasingly dehydrated, dry and stiff. This is known as having degeneration of discs.
Sometimes injury and weakness may cause the inner part of the disc to expand through the outer ring. This phenomenon is known as a slipped, herniated, or prolapsed disc and this causes pain and discomfort. If the slipped disc compresses any of spinal nerves, this may cause pain in affected nerve, numbness or weakness in the leg. If this pain worsens continuously, patient may require surgery to remove or repair the slipped disc.