A slipped disc is when a soft cushion of tissue between the bones in your spine pushes out. It's painful if it presses on nerves. It usually gets better slowly with rest, gentle exercise and painkillers.

What causes slipped disc

They can happen because of:

  • ageing
  •  exercising too hard
  •  lifting heavy objects the wrong way
  • vibration – from driving or operating machinery
  • being inactive or overweight

To help prevent slipped discs


  • keep active – take regular exercis
  • use a safe technique when lifting heavy object