What is a prolapsed disc?
When you have a prolapsed disc (commonly called a ‘slipped disc’), a disc does not actually ‘slip’. What happens is that, a part of the inner softer part of the disc (the nucleus pulposus) bulges out (herniates) through a weakness in the outer part of the disc. A prolapsed disc is sometimes called a herniated disc. The bulging disc may press on nearby structures such as a nerve coming from the spinal cord. Some inflammation also develops around the prolapsed part of the disc.
Any disc in the spine can prolapse. However, most prolapsed discs occur in the lumbar part of the spine (lower back). The size of the prolapse can vary. As a rule, the larger the prolapse, the more severe the symptoms are likely to be.
If you are one of the few lucky ones who have not yet suffered from low back pain,do not be too happy. Second only to common cold, low back pain is increasing in incidence the World over. Almost 80-90% of population is affected by this problem in urban areas and is the commonest cause of absenteeism from work for people under 45 years of age in the Western World. Most suffer for a few days to weeks and in others it becomes a chronic problem with umpteen visits to various specialists,homeopaths,Auervedic massage treatments, acupuncture, magnetotherapy,Rieki etc. In India friends, neighbours, barbers, medical shop owners ,grand mothers are all specialistst have their own special remedies to offer and stories to tell. And of course that consultation with the foreign doctor – when I went to USA……… and the stories go on!