More information about prolapsed discs

A prolapsed disc occurs when a disc in the spine becomes compressed and bursts, impacting a nerve root in the spinal cord. Sometimes this condition is referred to as a “slipped disc,” but that is a misnomer since the disc itself does not move out of alignment in the spine.

Patients suffering from a prolapsed disc in the spine might feel chronic back pain or acute pain with certain movements. Generally, your pain will correlate with the severity of your spine condition; milder forms of prolapsed disc might only cause acute pain when bending certain ways, whereas more severe cases of prolapsed disc might result in chronic pain. If you are experiencing either of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with your physician to determine the cause of your pain and the severity of your condition. Treatment options are available for patients with a prolapsed disc.

A prolapsed disc will often occur in the lumbar spine, located in the lower back. This is because the lumbar spine undergoes more stress and compression than any other section of the spine. The lumbar spine is responsible for supporting the weight of the body. Over time, as weight gain occurs, the vertebrae in the lumbar spine can begin to compress the disc between each set of vertebrae. With enough compression, a disc can become prolapsed and impact a nerve in the spinal canal, causing you to experience pain.

As you continue to research prolapsed discs and the treatment options available for this spine condition, we encourage you to review our collection of prolapsed disc information. You can also reach out to a Spine Care Consultant with any questions about your condition.