We’ve all experienced a moment when our back suddenly “gives way”… it can be sharp, stabbing, and take your breathe away pain… it’s really scary.
Sometimes if the pain doesn’t resolve we will see a doctor or physio and go on to get a scan or image like a CT scan or MRI scan. When we read the report we might see things like disc bulge, disc protrusion, nerve impingement.
The image below shows the discs, which are like the cushions of our spine, occasionally we can hurt the outer wall of the disc causing a disc bulge that may or may not press on the adjacent nerve.
This is why back pain can travel down our thigh or leg, and even down to the inside or outside of our feet.