What is a Slipped Disc?
A slipped disc, bulging disc, or disc prolapse can be one of the most painful physical complaints. The disc (or disk) in this case is a jelly-like pancake of cushioning material that sits between each of the vertebrae of the spine, serving to cushion and protect those bones as well as the spinal cord and individual nerves that run between them.
Over time or with trauma, these disks can bulge or tear (a herniated disc), reducing their effectiveness and allowing bones to rub against each other or nerves to become aggravated, resulting in back pain (the most obvious of the symptoms of a slipped disc) that can be intense and constant. Most often, this occurs in the lower back and results in low back pain.
A slipped disc can heal on its own if the damage is limited and it is given a chance to rest. More severe slipped discs in the back that progress to herniated discs will need more help, perhaps including surgery, if they are to heal.
Natural Remedies for a Slipped Disc
Weight loss will take some pressure off the spine, especially if the herniated disc is low on the back (which is typical). Chiropractic treatment has shown some promise if the condition is addressed early on, before the nerves have been damaged. Anti-inflammatory herbs can help relieve pressure on the area, as could massage and infrared treatments. Cold and/or warm compresses can relieve the pain.