Slipped discs don't exist!!!
The lumbar spine has 5 vertebral bodies (L1-L5) and in between these bodies are intervertebral discs. The discs act like shock absorbers between each of the vertebrae. The discs are made up of Nucleus Pulposus which is then surrounded by a layer called the Annulus Fibrosus.
A herniated disc is sometimes referred to as a ‘slipped disc’. This is an incorrect term as the disc has not ‘slipped out’. There are four stages that a disc can go through, none of which involve the disc slipping out of place. Wear and tear or injury can cause damage to the disc, causing the inner nucleus to push outwards against the Annulus Fibrosus. If the nucleus continues to push outwards on the outer layer and breaks through the Annulus Fibrosus, the disc is known as herniated.
Reduce your risks of disc herniation…
If a herniated disc is suspected, your doctor or physiotherapist may recommend a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. This scan can create clear images of soft tissues like intervertebral discs (as shown in the black and white image above).
Food for thought…..An MRI can diagnose a disc problem but you may have no pain or symptoms of a disc problem. Approximately 60% of people aged 50 with no symptoms of a disc herniation, have a positive finding for herniation on MRI.
So is the herniated disc causing your problem??
Suffering with any of these signs and symptoms?