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A slipped disc can be very painful and there is no quick fix for this back condition. Exercise can be the best way to manage pain and recovery. We'll explain the do's and don'ts of working out with a slipped disc.

A slipped disc isn't really a slipped disc at all... The name can be deceiving, and this condition is also called a herniated disc, or prolapsed disc, all referring to the very same thing. A slipped disc occurs in people of all ages, and across both men and women. It is more prevalent in inactive people over 40.

A person can suffer a slipped disc by sneezing, moving in an awkward position, or by lifting something. Slipped discs usually occur in the lower (lumbar) region of the back, but just because you may have moved awkwardly and are suddenly experiencing back pain, it does not mean your disc is herniated. A scan would be required to diagnose a slipped disc, and a quick visit to your physician will usually give you a good idea of how severe your injury is.

Typically, back pain is attributed to pulled or strained muscles, or is the result of weight gain and muscular imbalances. You'll need a workout specific to your diagnoses, and what is safe for a person with chronic back pain is not the same for a person with a slipped disc.

What exactly is a slipped disc?

Understanding what exercises are dangerous to your back requires some insight into your anatomy. With a spine made up of several stacked bones (your vertebrae) which articulate to form movement, the space between them needs to be conducive to the turning and rotation of the bones on each other. This is where your discs come in to play. They are donut shaped soft discs with an exterior membrane and squishy liquid inside. When a disc “slips” it does not actually slip out of place, but part of the membrane gives out and “herniates”, spilling part of the disc to the left or right, on the posterior side of the back.

With this condition, there is inevitably going to be pain. The pain from a slipped disc can take a few forms. The most common is a numbing pain which radiates down the leg is caused by nerves being pinched by the slipped disc. Some patients also experience tingling in the butt and thigh, usually only on one side (the side of the slipped disc).

Never Do This if you have a slipped disc!!

Lets say you have visited your physician and they have concluded that you do, indeed, have a slipped or herniated disc. They will likely tell you to keep moving about as you usually do, and to manage your pain with painkillers. This is all fine and good unless you do something that will perpetuate your slipped disc and make matters worse... and there are several which can do just that!

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