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Slipped Disc

“The general public are not well-informed on the topic of “slipped” discs. Many of us unknowingly injure ourselves as we have not been taught how discs can become damaged, let alone how to avoid this damage.”

In this informative talk, we want to provide you with the information to make better decisions to manage your back and disc pain, so that you can avoid these in the future or have an effective solution to keep your problem under control.

Many solutions to back and disc problems involve an invasive approach such as surgery. At Nottingham Chiropractor we provide a more conservative approach to back and disc pain, leaving surgical intervention as the last option of management.

In “What causes a “Slipped” disc?”, we cover the following topics, plus a Q&A session at the end to address your concerns and questions:

  • »The extent of the problem in the UK
  • »Know your anatomy: the classification and types of disc injuries
  • »Why we have “slipped” discs
  • »How to herniate a disc: movements and exercises that damage your discs
  • »The implication of low back surgery
  • »Understanding sciatica: how sciatica is related to disc damage
  • »Patient stories: hear what our patients’ have to say


As noted by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, resting in bed for one or two days is the best way to deal with the severe pain from a herniated disk. Refrain from doing strenuous physical movements; instead, move and walk slowly to avoid triggering pain. Take frequent rest breaks during the day. It may be necessary to alter daily activities to keep from bending and lifting objects. Controlled exercise through physical therapy is beneficial in the healing process. Do exercises that strengthen muscles in the abdomen and lower back.

Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication may provide pain relief for a short while, and getting an epidural steroid injection directly into the back helps reduce inflammation. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the most common surgical procedure for a slipped disk is a lumbar microdiskectomy. Parts of the herniated disk are removed to relieve pressure on spinal nerves.