Slipped (Herniated) Disc
The vertebral column that protects our spinal cord is made of 33 vertebral bones. The top 24 vertebrae are separated from each other by 23 intervertebral discs. These discs cushion the vertebral bones and act as shock absorbers. They are also the ligaments that hold the spinal vertebrae together. The intervertebral discs are joints made of cartilage that allow a slight amount of mobility in the spine.
Slipped Disc Symptoms
Types Of Slipped Disc
The slipped disc meaning can vary depending on whether it is a herniated disc or a bulging disc. A herniated disc also called ruptured disc or prolapsed disc is when the disc has torn open due pressure from the vertebrae surrounding it, and the gel inside is leaking out. Herniated disc symptoms include pain and numbness in the back, arms, legs or buttocks depending on the location of the herniated disc. A bulging disc or disc protrusion is when the disc shifts out of its usual position, swells and protrudes through a gap in the spine.
Apart from this, slipped discs can be classified based on their location on the vertebral column, such as cervical, lumbar or thoracic.