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slipped disc,

rupture or herniation of an intervertebral disc. These discs separate and cushion the vertebrae, the segments of the spinal columnspinal column,
bony column forming the main structural support of the skeleton of humans and other vertebrates, also known as the vertebral column or backbone. It consists of segments known as vertebrae linked by intervertebral disks and held together by ligaments.
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. They are composed of an outer rim of fibrous connective tissue and a gelatinlike inner core. If the fibrous rim breaks the core may leak into the spinal canal, resulting in severe pain that is aggravated by bending, straining, or coughing. Material from the disc may press on spinal nerves and cause numbness or tingling, weakness, or paralysis in the area of the body enervated by those nerves. Slipped discs occur as a result of severe strain or without any apparent stress at all. They are most common in the lower back and neck. Treatment consists of bed rest, usually with a hard board placed beneath the mattress, local application of heat, and the administration of muscle relaxants to relieve spasms. If natural healing fails to occur surgery may be required to remove the disc, and the affected vertebrae fused to keep them from rubbing together.

slipped disc

Pathol a herniated intervertebral disc, often resulting in pain because of pressure on the spinal nerves
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A SLIPPED disc is when one of the soft parts of the cartilage between the vertebrae in the spine bulges through a circle of connective tissue to push on the spinal cord or nerve roots.
A quarter of those with slipped discs feel no symptoms, while others suffer pain, pins and needles and restricted movement.
A SLIPPED disc can trigger intense, shooting back pain.
a slipped disc is also known as a herniated or prolapsed disc.
A slipped disc in the lower back can put pressure on the sciatic nerve, causing sharp, shooting pain from the buttock down the back of the leg to the foot.