Slipped Disc Treatment



This is the term often used for a herniated disc, a dics prolapse or a disc bulge.

  • The disc sits between the bones of the spine (vertebra)and so is correctly termed an intervertebral disc.
  • The disc acts as a spacer to give room for the nerves to exit the spine. Discs also act as shock absorbers.
  • The disc has a jelly like filling and a harder outer shell. If the outer shell splits (or ruptures)the jelly like substance can escape, rather like tooth paste from a toothpaste tube.


This is called a disc herniation or disc prolapse. This might also be called a slipped disc.


There are different levels of severity depending on the damage to the disc. As a rule the larger the prolapse the greater the pain.


The resistance of a disc to compression forces is substantial, for example circus acrobats can support the weight of three or four other acrobats on their shoulders without causing damage to their discs.


The discs are vulnerable though to sudden shocks, especially when the spine is bent forwards and if there is already some degenerative changes in the disc.


Sneezing, awkward bending and heavy lifting all put a lot of pressure on the disc and may lead to a disc prolapse (slipped disc).


The most common age group for disc prolapse to occur is between 30 and 50 years of age and it is more common in men than women.


Can Osteopathy help a slipped disc


A lot of back and leg pain are not caused by injury to the disc but if the disc has prolasped, slipped, ruptured or herniated most spinal experts agree that conservative care should be tried before surgery is considered.


Osteopathy has a long history of successfully providing conservative care for back pain, sciatics and disc conditions such as slipped disc.


Osteopathy will reduce the recovery time of a slipped disc. It will reduce the muscle spasm associated with the injury. This will reduce alot of the pain and lessen the pressure acting on the disc.


Other areas of the body will also be looked at to relieve mechanical pressure from the injury site which will aid in recovery time.


Acute low back pain does not necessarily mean a disc has ruptured. Most bouts of sudden acute back pain are more likely to involve other tissues such as ligaments or muscles. This would be determined in the consultation by the Osteopath and could be treated.


Call Princes Avenue Osteopathic Clinic to book your slipped disc treatment appointment today.