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What is a prolapsed disc?



A prolapsed, or ‘slipped disc’ occurs when a disc in the lower back compresses a nerve causing pain. The vertebrae in the spine have discs of tissue that sit between them. The discs are located next to the nerves in the spine so when a disc becomes damaged it compresses on the nerves, causing pain.


What causes a prolapsed disc?



The inside of a disc is soft and is surrounded by a tough exterior. A prolapsed disc occurs when the tough exterior is damaged and the soft tissue protrudes through the damage. It is this protrusion that compresses the nerve and causes pain. The damage to the exterior can be caused by:
  • Wear and tear
  • Trauma, such as lifting a heavy load with a bent back
  • Repetitive flexing (bending) of the lower back

What are the symptoms of a prolapsed disc?



A prolapsed disc compresses the nerves in the lower spine. The nerves in the lower spine innervate muscles and structures in the legs so symptoms can also be felt in the legs. Symptoms can include:
  • Pain, especially when flexing (bending) the spine
  • Pain in the legs - sciatica
  • Muscle weakness
  • Pins and needles
  • Pain inhibited movement
  • Numbness

Physiotherapy for a prolapsed disc



Physiotherapy is very beneficial for a prolapsed disc and can relieve symptoms. At Physio.co.uk our physiotherapists will assess and treat you as an individual. Treatment may include:
  • Heat therapy
  • Electrotherapy
  • Mobilisations
  • Range of movement exercises
  • Stretching exercises
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Postural advice and exercises
  • Advice to prevent future reoccurrence

Can a prolapsed disc cause any long-term effects?



Physiotherapy generally provides a successful outcome for most patients. However injections or surgery would be considered for patients that are still suffering pain even after physiotherapy intervention.

To arrange an assessment with Physio.co.uk please contact us or call 0330 088 7800.


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