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The  term “Slipped disc” isn’t an accepted medical term, and can lead to confusing or misleading our patients as to the precise cause, treatment, and prognosis for their spine pain. The term “slipped disc” has become popular in non-medical articles and social media posts, but disc slippage is rarely, if ever, involved.

In some cases of these conditions, the firm outer shell of a spinal disc is forced outside of its normal boundary. In other cases, a disc will be said to “slip” if it develops a tear in its thick outer wall. Also known as a herniated, ruptured or bulging disc, slipped discs can occur in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar structure of the spine.The term is most often applied to one of many disc disorders.

Because “slipped disc” is a commonly used term for many conditions, it can be hard to tell exactly how to treat it and when you can expect pain relief.

Slipped Disc Symptoms

Symptoms of a disc injury are usually related to compression of the spinal cord or a nerve root by displaced disc material. These symptoms can include:

  • Local aching and pain
  • Shooting pain into the upper or lower extremities
  • Radiating symptoms like tingling, numbness and muscle weakness

Slipped Disc Treatment

  • Physical therapy

  • Medication

  • Minimally Invasive Injections

  • Minimally Invasive Surgery

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