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Slipped disc

A slipped disc, also known as a prolapsed or herniated disc, is where one of the discs in the spine ruptures and the gel inside leaks out.
Symptoms of a slipped disc
Most people who have a slipped disc experience pain which usually begins in the lower back before sometimes spreading to other parts of the body.
Causes of a slipped disc
A slipped disc occurs when the circle of connective tissue surrounding the disc breaks down. This allows the soft, gel-like part of the disc to swell and protrude out.
Diagnosing a slipped disc
Your GP will usually be able to diagnose a slipped disc from your symptoms and medical history. You will also have a number of physical examinations.
Treating a slipped disc
In most cases, a slipped disc will eventually shrink back between your vertebrae. Any pain will usually ease as the disc stops pressing on the affected nerve.
Preventing a slipped disc
To avoid back pain and help prevent getting a slipped disc, you should keep mobile, exercise regularly, maintain good posture and lift heavy objects correctly.