A to Z: Slipped Discenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgActivities and sports that put stress on the back can lead to a slipped disc, which can cause pain in the back, arms, and legs.Slipped disc, herniated disc, ruptured disc, prolapsed disc, herniation of nucleus pulposus, back, neck, spine, spinal column, vertebrae, discs, nerves, spinal nerves, leg pain, arm pain, muscle weakness, lumbar spine, cervical spine, backbone, sports injuries, gymnastics injury, wrestling injury, back pain01/05/201503/21/201909/02/20191c1c3b75-a747-4c1b-9255-b7895516f203https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-slipped-disc.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dictionary/"><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/buttons/P-atoZDictionary-enBT.jpg" alt="A to Z Dictionary 500 Go" name="5093-P_ATOZDICTIONARY2_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p><strong>May also be called: Herniated Disc; Ruptured Disc; Prolapsed Disc; Herniation of Nucleus Pulposus</strong></p> <p>A slipped disc is when a disc between two <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bones-muscles-joints.html/">bones</a> of the spine bulges out of place.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>The bones of the spine (vertebrae) are like rings stacked up to form a tunnel called the spinal column. Nerves from the brain run down the spinal column and branch off to reach all parts of the body. Vertebrae are separated by rubbery cushions called discs that protect the spinal column and allow the back to bend and move. When one of the discs moves out of place (herniates) or breaks open (ruptures), it can put pressure on the spinal nerves and cause pain, numbness, or weakness in part of the body.</p> <p>Slipped discs happen most often in the lower part of the back, or lumbar spine. This generally causes pain and numbness in the legs and lower body. Rarely, a disc can rupture in the neck, or cervical spine, which can cause pain and numbness in the arm and shoulder.</p> <p>In many cases, the pain may be mild (or there might not be any pain at all), but in some cases it can be so severe that it affects movement and makes it impossible to find a comfortable position.</p> <p>In young people, slipped discs happen most often due to&nbsp;activities that put extra stress on the back, like gymnastics, wrestling, and heavy lifting. They're also more common&nbsp;in people who are overweight. Slipped discs also can&nbsp;affect older adults whose discs may degenerate (break down) as they age.</p> <p>Many slipped discs improve on their own or with <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/phys-therapy.html/">physical therapy</a> and pain medicines. Rarely, surgery might be done to treat the condition.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Most of the time, slipped discs respond well to things like rest, positive lifestyle changes, and physical therapy to strengthen the back and make it more flexible. Surgery is usually only done if nothing else relieves the pain and other symptoms.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
Bones, Muscles, and JointsWithout bones, muscles, and joints, we couldn't stand, walk, run, or even sit. The musculoskeletal system supports our bodies, protects our organs from injury, and enables movement.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bones-muscles-joints.html/53199934-b6d8-4854-8362-8b1dfc45c3f6
Dealing With Sports InjuriesYou practiced hard and made sure you wore protective gear, but you still got hurt. Read this article to find out how to take care of sports injuries - and how to avoid getting them.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/sports-injuries.html/e49f63c7-6ae0-446e-a953-4b458a82eaeb
Going to a Physical TherapistPhysical therapy uses exercises and other special treatments to help people move their bodies. Find out more in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/physical-therapy.html/1a168d2a-98d8-45e8-b3b5-785fc9f6ecca
Overweight and ObesityPreventing kids from becoming overweight means making choices in the way your family eats and exercises, and how you spend time together.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/overweight-obesity.html/3984b1ff-ca0a-46aa-889c-9bb1fb8b4884
Physical TherapyPhysical therapy helps people get back to full strength and movement - and manage pain - in key parts of the body after an illness or injury.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/pt.html/d292496f-1bf8-4949-9563-f0436e185c33
Preventing Children's Sports InjuriesParticipation in sports can teach kids sportsmanship and discipline. But sports also carry the potential for injury. Here's how to protect your kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sports-safety.html/bec4e82b-c8b0-4945-9611-7c9464e177f8
Staying at a Healthy WeightHere are some practical, everyday tips on making exercise and healthy eating work for you instead of feeling like it's the other way around.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/healthy-weight.html/e95fb0d9-a5db-48bb-bf5b-98066dcb6e4c
What Being Overweight MeansBeing overweight has become a serious problem for many kids and adults. Find out what it means to be overweight in this article just for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/overweight.html/d8d5c0af-4083-4a42-88de-2b50dded661d
When Being Overweight Is a Health ProblemA couple of pounds of extra body fat are not a health risk for most people. But when people are severely overweight, it can cause health problems.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/obesity.html/86e35f4d-c4b7-42bf-84a0-f23b54b1965a
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