Slipped (Herniated) Disc
A slipped disc, also known as a herniated or ruptured disc, is a condition that occurs when the cushion between vertebrae (disc) moves out of alignment in the spine and cracks, causing the soft, gel-like inner material to leak out. This can be the result of a number of things such as improper bending or lifting, overextension of the back or neck, age-related degeneration, trauma, injury, or strain.
The majority of slipped discs heal naturally on their own, or with the assistance of physical therapy. Anti-inflammatory medications can temporarily relieve pain and swelling in the meantime. If the herniation is severe, and the pain does not subside or worsens over time, the herniated disc may require surgery.