Slipped, Bulging or Herniated Disc? Are they all the same or different?

Have you ever heard someone saying that they have “slipped a disc”? Well lets work to clarify exactly what may be going on with that lower back pain that has suddenly started and debunk a couple of the myths around what happens in your back. First of all we need to have a look at the anatomy of the spine. Each spinal segment is made up of 3 main elements. Two vertebrae or the bones of the spine, and then a disc which sits between them. The disc is held in place by a number of different structures and contrary to the popular phrase “slipped disc” the disc doesn’t move or slip at all. So what actually does happen then? Well if the lower back pain you are experiencing is due to a disc issue then there could be a number of different reasons. First of all it could be something as simple as a ligament strain. There is a ligament that surrounds the disc, and like any ligament in the body, you can strain or pull it, through accidents, trauma or sudden vigorous exercise. As a ligament strain can be exceptionally painful at the best of times, doing this…

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