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Slipped Disc

A ‘slipped’ (prolapsed) disc often causes severe lower back or neck pain.

The disc often presses on a nerve root which can cause pain and other symptoms in a leg or arm. 

Many people will develop wear on the spine through multiple forms of injury. However its commonly thought that age is related to injuries in the case of a prolapse this commonly happens in young men. In most cases this affects males in their 20’s-40’s. It can affect a variety of people for different reasons including; heavy lifting (with poor form), a sedentary or desk based lifestyle or as a repetitive strain (labour based work).

Disc injuries often require early intervention and if left without proper attention can develop into more serious issues later. When left not managed the disc can protrude and as a result can begin to damage the nerve fibres. As a result this can lead to symptoms such as sciatica, pins and needles or even muscle weakness.

 

  • Symptoms Open Close

    Lower back pain – this is the most common symptom

    Numbness or tingling in your shoulders, back, arms, hands, legs or feet

    neck pain

    Problems bending or straightening your back or neck

    muscle weakness

    Pain in the buttocks, hips or legs if the disc is pressing on the sciatic nerve

  • What commonly leads to a slipped disc? Open Close

    Ageing

    Exercising too hard

    Lifting heavy objects the wrong way

    Vibration – from driving or operating machinery

    Being inactive or overweight

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