‘Slipped disc’ is a common term used for a prolapsed or herniated disc. This occurs when one of the discs that connects each small bone (vertebra) in the spine, ruptures and the gel inside bulges out of the disc.
The damaged disc can put pressure on the whole spinal cord or on a single nerve or nerve root. This can result in pain, in both the area where the damaged disc sits, and the area of the body that is controlled by the nerve the damaged disc sits on.
Often in cases of a ‘slipped disc’ the sciatic nerve is affected. The sciatic nerve is the longest in the body and runs from back of pelvis through the buttocks, down back of both legs to the feet. This can result in aching pain, numbness, and tingling sensation one or both legs.
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