Well, the simple answer is that they don’t. Technically a disc can’t “slip.”
Your spinal column is made of up 26 bones (vertebrae) that are cushioned by discs, pads of cartilage-type material situated between spinal bones. The discs protect the bones by absorbing the shocks from daily activities like walking, lifting, and twisting.
Each disc has two parts—a soft, gelatinous inner portion and a tough outer ring. Trauma or weakness can cause the inner portion of the disc to protrude through the outer ring. This puts pressure on the adjacent nerve roots and spinal cord. This is known as a slipped or herniated disc, which can cause significant pain and discomfort. If the slipped disc compresses one of your spinal nerves, you may also experience numbness and pain along the affected nerve.
You can actually have a slipped disc in any part of your spine, from your neck to your lower back. The lower back, however, is the most common spot.
Symptoms of a slipped disc can include:
- pain and numbness, most commonly on one side of the body
- pain that extends to your
arms and/or legs
- pain that worsens at night
- pain that worsens after standing or sitting
- pain when walking short distances
- unexplained muscle weakness
- tingling, aching, or burning sensations in the affected area
While results cannot be guaranteed, many patients have avoided surgery or dependency on pain pills by choosing chiropractic care for their disc-related health problems.