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Disc Problems

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.


Are you concerned about a disc problem, think you have a slipped disc, a disc bulge or herniation call In Health Chiropractic Monaghan and Cavan, Ireland (047)84967 or  (049)43739