Slipped disc, disc herniation, prolasped disc
- Discs are small rubber like shock absorbers located in between each pair of bones
- Made up of a jelly like substance on the inside and a harder rubber like substance on the out side.
- Disc problems arise as the jelly like substance leaks out to the outside and form a crust
- This is not a problem as long as it doesn’t touch the nerve
- Often called a ‘Slipped Disc’ – but there is no such thing as a slipped disc, your disc do not slip out of place.
1. Disc Degeneration – chemical changes associated with aging causes discs to weaken, but without a herniation.
2. Prolapse- the form or position of the disc changes with some slight impingement into the spinal canal. Also called a bulge or protrusion.
3. Extrusion – the gel-like nucleus pulposus breaks through the tire-like wall (annulus fibrosus) but remains within the disc.
4. Sequestration or Sequestered Disc – the nucleus pulposus breaks through the annulus fibrosus and lies outside the disc in the spinal canal.