Slipped discOverview


A slipped disc, also called a prolapsed or herniated disc, is where a soft cushion of tissue between the bones in your spine pushes out of place.


Symptoms of a slipped disc include lower back pain, neck pain and difficulty bending your back.


The pain from a slipped disc usually gets better if you stay active and take painkillers. A GP may prescribe stronger painkillers if you need them.


A slipped disc can be caused by things like ageing, exercising too hard or lifting heavy objects the wrong way.

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