Slipped Disc - Condition Explained in Detail
Herniated discs. bulged disc, protruded intervertebral disc (PIVD) are the different names of one condition:
Slipped Disc: This is a condition where disc in between two vertebral bodies starts peeping out on one side, anterior or posterior. These discs are just like the bags filled with liquid material. which work like shock absorbent.
There are several hard bony vertebrae in the vertebral column and there is plenty of movements with these vertebrae. When we look on one side to other side. we look upwards, downwards or we twist and even we bend forward or backward in each and every condition. there will be movement in these bones; these discs decide the free movements of the spine.
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Along with this, when we walk or run there will be shocks and jerks to all these bones and these bags decide that there will not be any kind of jerks in between the bones. So these discs are of multiple uses.
Our spine is inverted "S" shaped. There are two main curvatures in the spine which are free to move Cervical and Lumbar curvatures.
These curvatures of the spine are maintained due to the spaces in between the two vertebrae. Whenever there is a loss or change (specially reduction) of this space between two vertebrae pressure will be exerted on the intervertebral discs. This uneven pressure on the disc causes protrusion/bulge/herniation of the disc- this is the condition known as Slipped Disc .
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The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves running through the canal within the spinal column. It carries messages to and from the brain via nerve roots that branch out to the body along the length of the spinal cord. A herniated. prolapsed. or ruptured disc happens when the inner material bulges or bursts through the outer lining of cartilage and puts pressure on or damages the spinal nerves.
Herniated discs can occur in any part of the spine, but they are most common in the lower back (Lumbar section of the spine).
Signs & Symptoms
Generally. slipped disc condition is diagnosed by its signs and symptoms. When slipped disc starts exerting pressure on the nerves surround the disc. the nerve will be excited
which gives sensation of Pain, Burning or Numbness in the related area of the nerve. This sensation can travel long far away to the areas. which are being supplied by the nerve and can be limited to a particular location in the neck or back.
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