A cartilaginous disc between vertebrae in the spine that is displaced or partly protruding, pressing on nearby nerves and causing back pain or sciatica.
- This condition is called a pinched nerve, slipped disc, or herniated disc.
- A slipped disc happens when the disc between the bones bulges and presses on nerves.
- But while the principal loading hypothesis can explain gross injuries, such as fractures in vertebrae or slipped discs, it does not explain the vast majority of cases of back pain.
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