The spinal column is a terrifically flexible and fragile combination of bones connecting your body to the brain. The cervical spine, the thoracic spine, and the lumbar spine come together in a symphony of genius and fragility. Between the bones are disks that protect each bone from those above and below. The discs prevent bone from grinding against bone and are made up of gelatinous lubrication encased in a more robust outer ring. When the softer gelatinous part of a disc escapes containment, it has “slipped” or herniated. A slipped disk may be minor or extremely painful.

1. How Does a Slipped Disc Happen?

While it is possible to slip a disc at the neck to upper back, the event most commonly occurs in the lower back. The pressure caused by a slipped disk needs only irritate a single nerve to make you feel uncomfortable. It’s important to recognize the symptoms of a potential problem immediately, rather than exacerbating the problem with continued movement and a lack of medical attention.

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