Slipped disc? Sciatica? What’s going on?

ByLouise Hampton

Slipped disc? Sciatica? What’s going on?

Have you ever been told you have a slipped disc or sciatica?  Ever wondered what this actually looks like in the spine?

This diagram shows how when you have a slipped disc or sciatica what actually happens is tiny tears occur in the outer fibres of the disc which means the inner jelly called the nucleus pulposus is pushed outwards towards the sciatic nerve.  The disc is not normally seen by the body but when it bulges out the body then attacks it a foreign creating a lot of inflammation which puts extra pressure on the nerve.  It depends how far the disc has bulged out as to how bad the symptoms are and how long they may take to go.

If you are experiencing pain down your leg with any tingling or numbness it is a good idea to see a chiropractor or osteopath as there are lots of tests they can do to determine how bad the problem is and whether they can help or if you need further investigation such as an MRI scan.  A lot of the time treatment can really help ease the pain but it usually takes quite a long time when the disc is bulging out.  Long term Pilates exercises can really help to stabilise the spine and prevent further episodes.

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About the Author

Louise Hampton administrator

Louise Hampton is a chiropractor and owner of the award winning Attend2Health clinic. She is a fellow of the British Chiropractic Association and first qualified in 2004 with a degree in Chiropractic. In her spare time she enjoys throwing the hammer in athletics and spending time with her children.