The Slipped Disc Myth

Written by Debby Mar 18 2014


“My disc was out and he just clicked it back!” Unfortunately, it isn’t that simple. You can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube! A disc is a pulpy substance that sits in the centre of the vertebrae and acts as a shock absorber. If for any reason it starts to shift towards the outer edge it will touch nerve endings and cause a reaction; increased muscle tension, pain, spasm, dull ache, etc. Should this discal material then protrude outside the edge of the vertebrae in which it was contained and then touch a spinal nerve, the reaction will be somewhat more dramatic.

If the affected area is at the base of the spine, the spinal nerve involved will be the sciatic and symptoms including pain, pins and needles, numbness, tingling and weakness, may be felt, usually in one leg.

A slipped disc is fairly uncommon so don’t be alarmed, but suffice to say all back pain should be properly checked out by your Osteopath, or GP, and gentle de-restricting articulation and manipulation can often resolve the pain from stiff and locked up joints, once correctly diagnosed.

An Osteopath at Luxton Clinic in Chinnor can properly check your back pain and offer fast and effective treatment, please contact us on 01844 352200 for more information.

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