The spinal column is a stack of bones or vertebrae. A herniated or slipped disc occurs when there is a problem with one of the rubbery cushions between the vertebrae. Each disc has a soft, jellylike nucleus and a strong exterior. If a disc tears and the nucleus leaks out, the spine can shift, causing various symptoms depending on location and severity.
The most common symptom of a slipped disc is pain near the affected area. When the injury occurs, the herniated disc may press on a nerve and cause minor to debilitating pain. If the dislocation is in the lumbar area or the lower back, it can cause electric shock-like pain that affects only one side of the body. Actions such as sitting, or bending at the waist may aggravate the condition and make the pain more intense.
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