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Slipped disc
Summary: A slipped disc, also known as a prolapsed or herniated disc, is where one of the discs in the spine ruptures and the gel inside leaks out. This can cause back pain as well as pain in other areas of the body.

The sciatic nerve is often affected in cases of slipped disc. It is the longest nerve in the body and runs from the back of the pelvis, through the buttocks, down both legs to the feet. If pressure is placed on the sciatic nerve it can cause:
  • a lasting, aching pain
  • numbness
  • a tingling sensation in one or both legs
Language: English
Format: Online Resource
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Publisher: the NHS website

Last updated: 22/11/2018