Prolapsed Disc: Definition

Disc Herniation, Herniated Disc

A prolapsed disc is a condition where the inner core of a disc in the spine leaks out through the outer portion of the disc. This condition often occurs in the lower back but can happen anywhere along the spine. When the disc prolapses, it can put pressure on the nearby nerves and spinal cord, resulting in pain, numbness, or weakness in the area of the body that the affected nerves serve.

Symptoms often depend on the location of the herniated disc and whether it’s pressing on a nerve. They might include arm or leg pain, numbness or tingling, and muscle weakness. On the other hand, some people might not experience any symptoms from a herniated disc.

Treatment options vary depending on the severity of the condition. Non-surgical treatments include physical therapy, medication for pain relief, and epidural steroid injections. If these treatments are unsuccessful and symptoms persist or worsen, surgery may be considered to remove or repair the herniated disc.

Also known as a herniated disc or slipped disc.