An elderly woman slipped in the bathroom and had severe pain in her lower back. After X-ray examination doctors told her it is due to a slipped disc. What does that mean? How does it affect our health?

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A rubber-like disc is located between each consecutive vertebra working like a shock absorber. Sometimes, the disc gets displaced and the condition is called slipped disc or prolapsed disc. Slipped disc can severely affect the quality of life of the patient. It puts pressure especially on the nerve coming out of the vertebral column, causing severe pain in the back as well as numbness in the area which is under control of the affected nerve.

Slipped disc can also cause sciatica pain. The pain begins from the upper thigh and goes up to the lower legs. Sometimes, pins and needle sensation also persist for a long duration.

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