10 doctors weighed in:
Is slipped disc the same as herniated?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Jeffrey Albright
Integrative Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Slipped is misnomer
A slipped disc is a misnomer, but tells us it's a disc problem. A bulge is a weakening of the annular fibers causing change in shape of disc.
Herniation is a shift in the nucleus of the disc. Protrusion or extrusion causes nucleus to shift outside the disc. All may involve a tear which often causes chemical irritation of nerve roots and pain. Direct nerve root contact may occur with the last 2.

In brief: Slipped is misnomer
A slipped disc is a misnomer, but tells us it's a disc problem. A bulge is a weakening of the annular fibers causing change in shape of disc.
Herniation is a shift in the nucleus of the disc. Protrusion or extrusion causes nucleus to shift outside the disc. All may involve a tear which often causes chemical irritation of nerve roots and pain. Direct nerve root contact may occur with the last 2.
Dr. Jeffrey Albright
Dr. Jeffrey Albright
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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
3 doctors agree
In brief: Synonyms
The terms bulging disk, slipped disk, herniated disk are roughly the same idea that they disc has moved out of place where it should be and possibly compressing nerve or spinal cord.
Typically though herniated disk signifies a slight increase in severity of pathology over a bulging disc. It gets a little more specific if terms like disc protrusion and disc extrusion come into the mix.

In brief: Synonyms
The terms bulging disk, slipped disk, herniated disk are roughly the same idea that they disc has moved out of place where it should be and possibly compressing nerve or spinal cord.
Typically though herniated disk signifies a slight increase in severity of pathology over a bulging disc. It gets a little more specific if terms like disc protrusion and disc extrusion come into the mix.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Although herniated disc is the common medical term. Check out Spine-health.
com.

In brief: Yes
Although herniated disc is the common medical term. Check out Spine-health.
com.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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Dr. Nathen L Gross
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
This what layman language for herniated disc.

In brief: Yes
This what layman language for herniated disc.
Dr. Nathen L Gross
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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
It is another term for herniated disk.
Another is "slipped" disk.

In brief: Yes
It is another term for herniated disk.
Another is "slipped" disk.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Dr. Adam Lewis
Neurosurgery
In brief: Herniated disc
Yes. A slipped disc is also called a herniated disc, a ruptured disc, or a protruding disc.
The disc is like a jelly doughnut where the inner part (nucleus pulposus) squeezes out through a tear in the outer part (annulus fibrosus). Similar to torn cartilage in the knee (torn meniscus), there can be a tear in the cartilage of the disc.

In brief: Herniated disc
Yes. A slipped disc is also called a herniated disc, a ruptured disc, or a protruding disc.
The disc is like a jelly doughnut where the inner part (nucleus pulposus) squeezes out through a tear in the outer part (annulus fibrosus). Similar to torn cartilage in the knee (torn meniscus), there can be a tear in the cartilage of the disc.
Dr. Adam Lewis
Dr. Adam Lewis
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