Understanding the problem
“Slipped disc” is an informal and somewhat misleading term often used to describe a common degenerative spine condition. The term is deceptive because disc slippage is usually not involved; instead, in some cases, 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, multilayered wall. This tear can begin from the inside of the disc and work its way outward, or a disc can break open on the outside due to an injury or weak spot.
If a disc tear happens, some of the disc’s gel-like inner core material (nucleus pulposus) can potentially escape the confines of the disc wall and seep into the spinal canal. Also known as a herniated, ruptured or bulging disc, slipped discs can occur in the cervical (upper), thoracic (middle) and lumbar (lower back) regions of the spine.
Understanding who suffers
Slipped disc causes include traumatic injuries, like those sustained in a car accident or contact sports, while some people may simply be genetically predisposed to developing this type of degenerative spine condition. In most cases, however, disc deterioration that goes by many names — slipped discs, herniated discs, bulging discs and collapsed discs — is brought on by the natural wear and tear that is related to aging. Over time, the spongy discs between vertebrae lose water, height and elasticity, making them less able to withstand the constant movement and pressure that the spine is subjected to constantly.
Potential Signs and Symptoms
A slipped disc does not always cause symptoms. In general, discomfort arises only if displaced soft tissue irritates the damaged disc wall or compresses a sensitive spinal nerve root or the spinal cord itself. The nature and location of the symptoms will depend on the site of the damaged disc. For instance, a slipped disc in the lumbar spine can cause pain, tingling, numbness, muscle weakness and spasms that radiate from the lower back through the buttocks, hips, legs and feet. On the other hand, a damaged disc in the cervical spine can lead to slipped disc symptoms in the neck, shoulders, arms and hands. Slipped discs and other degenerative spinal conditions often affect the lumbar region of the spine, which supports the majority of the body’s weight and therefore is especially prone to damage from the effects of ongoing wear and tear.
Examinations Usually Required
Slipped disc symptoms are similar to the symptoms of a number of other neck and back conditions, so in order to ensure the most successful slipped disc treatment, it’s important to get a proper diagnosis. Physicians conduct a physical examination and explore a patient's complete medical history. An X-ray, CT scan or MRI may be necessary in order to rule out other conditions.
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Further information on the problem:
When categorizing the types of slipped discs according to their location in the spine, the three main spinal sections to discuss are the cervical (neck), thoracic (upper body) and lumbar (lower back) regions.
- Ruptured or bulging cervical discs threaten to compress the nerve roots that serve the head, neck, shoulders, arms and hands. Because these nerves exit the spinal column through the small openings on the sides of the cervical vertebrae, even a slightly protruded or herniated cervical disc can irritate one of the nerve roots in this compact environment. Patients seek treatment for herniated cervical discs more often than they do for any other slipped disc types, except for herniated discs in the lumbar region.
- Connected to the rib cage, the thoracic spine enjoys greater support and bends less than other parts of the spine, and this stability minimizes the risk of damage to the thoracic intervertebral discs. Compared to the more common types of slipped discs, such as herniated cervical and lumbar discs, thoracic discs present problems for relatively few patients.
- Because the lumbar spine bears substantial weight and bends in many different directions, lumbar discs herniate far more often than any other types of discs in the spine. A ruptured lumbar disc can cause lower back pain where the tear occurs, as well as cause symptoms in the lower parts of the body that the lumbar nerves serve. For instance, compression of the sciatic nerve, which starts in the lower back and branches into the pelvic region before it splits and travels down both legs, can send pain and numbness radiating down a leg.
Further Information on Increased Risk Groups
While aging is unavoidable, certain lifestyle factors — such as having poor posture, regularly lifting heavy objects, participating in high-impact sporting activities, smoking and carrying excess body weight — can accelerate the spinal degeneration process. Workers in occupations that require repetitive lifting, bending and twisting, as well as those in jobs that involve whole-body vibration (such as long-distance truck driving) and long periods of sitting, also have a heightened risk of developing degenerative spine conditions. In general, the level of risk increases along with the length of time an individual performs such work.
Additionally, some individuals are genetically predisposed to developing degenerative spine conditions such as a slipped disc.
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