Slipped Disc

To best understand how a slipped disc, known medically as a prolapsed disc, occurs, it’s important to first know the anatomy of your vertebral discs. These discs are composed of a hard, circular outer portion, known as the annulus fibrosis, which encases an inner, gel-like core known as the nucleus pulposus. A slipped disc occurs when the hard, outer portion of the disc weakens and allows the soft inner portion to leak through, oftentimes compressing or irritating sensitive spinal nerves as a result.

At birth, our spinal discs are usually composed of about 80% water. Over time and as we age, these discs can become increasingly dehydrated, dry and stiff. This is known as having degenerative discs, and encourages many spinal conditions – Including the likelihood of suffering a slipped disc.