Slipped, ruptured, herniated, prolapsed – whatever you call a damaged disk, when you get one, you need to call your physician.
“All up and down your spinal column, disks provide cushion between your vertebrae,” says Brandon J. Scott, DO, neurosurgeon at Saint Francis Medical Center. “When one of these disks get damaged, it puts undue pressure on the nerves, which can result in pain, numbness, loss of movement, tingling and muscular weakness. The severity of the symptoms may vary based on the location of the ‘slipped disk.’ Even the location of the pain may vary, from the neck all the way down to the feet.”
If you experience severe, lingering back pain, do not ignore it, since you might have a slipped disk. Treatment typically includes a short period of rest, medications and physical therapy, although some cases may require surgery.