Do You Have A Slipped Disk?
By Dean Moyer
Author of Rebuild Your Back
There are a number of misconceptions about back pain going around these days not the least of which is the notion that you can have something called "a slipped disk."
So let me set the record straight once and for all…
There is No Such Thing as a Slipped Disk.
A disk can bulge. A disk can become ruptured. A disk can dry out and disintegrate. But the disk cannot under any circumstances slip as though it was a loose hockey puck stacked between the bones of your spine.
The truth of the matter is the disk is strongly attached (literally cemented) to the vertebrae above and below making it impossible for it to move. And what’s more, bulging, herniated and even ruptured disks are seldom the real cause of your back pain.
Why Not Call it a Slipped Disk?
So why am I making such a big fuss over this? What difference does it make? Who cares if we use terms like slipped disk… or my back went out… or some other erroneous saying, after all, we still get the picture, right?
Wrong. The truth of the matter is it makes a big difference. When we use erroneous terms such as slipped disk we aren’t getting an accurate picture at all. We’re left with a distorted image and this can only lead to errors in judgement.
It is very important for you to understand exactly what is wrong with your back so that you can know exactly what to do about it. Laboring under false information just makes it that much harder for you to make wise decisions. Foggy ideas about slipped disks and other non-existent conditions just cloud your mind and leave you vulnerable to exploitation.
Knowledge is the Key
Once you begin to study the anatomy of the spine and learn exactly how it's designed you will soon discover that there is no such thing as a slipped disk. What’s more, sweeping away the nonsense will allow you to better understand how your back is constructed and will help you realize that rebuilding your back is the only way you are ever going to fully recover.
Do yourself a favor. Strike forever the term slipped disk from your vocabulary and your thinking. Replace those foggy notions with clear thinking and accurate statements. Strive to learn the truth about how your back works and what causes back pain. Read everything you can get your hands on and take control of your results.
Forget About Slipped Disks
Keep reminding yourself that a slipped disk is an entirely fictitious condition and take comfort in the knowledge that your spine is not just a loose stack of bones that can slip and slide about willy-nilly like hockey pucks.
Sure a disk can bulge or become what we call a herniated disk. You might even develop a ruptured disk. What's more a disk can dry out and disintegrate. But there is no such thing as a slipped disk. Your back is extremely solid and well designed. You can understand it. You can strengthen it. And you can rebuild it.
So relax, you don't have a slipped disk.
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Last updated: July 10, 2006