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Slipped Discs: Loz and Dave Telling It Like It Is – Part 1

We have been banging on about slipped discs for a while. You might be sick of us talking about it. I kind of hope so – it means we must be getting the message out there!

If we can change one person’s perception of back pain and realign it to the science, I feel like we might have succeeded!

Slipped discs – ugghhhh! 

This outdated and completely flawed concept is the very first point that we debunk in the Low Back Pain Myths guide (if you want to read all of them, you can get your free copy here).

I expand on the topic further in this blog article. 

It includes a clip from the Low Back Pain Presentation in 2018 where I speak about slipped discs. 

We aren’t Robinson Crusoe on this

Lorimer Moseley and David Butler are super heavyweights in not just the physiotherapy world, but in the pain science and neuroscience world.

They are the authors of Explain Pain and Protectometer – The Explain Pain Handbook.

These books are the gold standard in pain education worldwide.

They are thought leaders, world-renowned experts, keynote speakers. And really nice guys that have seen the light and live in Adelaide.

And their message is essentially this – the concept of the slipped disc is bollocks!

I love red jelly beans. But not the term ‘slipped discs’.

(OK, I’m paraphrasing just a touch, but I reckon they would be OK with this interpretation).

This clip from Lorimer is short, but tells the story very well. 

Living. Adaptable. Force Transducers. Strong. Ligamentous. Well attached to the vertebra above and below. Don’t slip.

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Pass it on!

Next time, I will share a note from David Butler about discs and slippage.

If you have low back pain, or you know someone who does, why not have a look at our free guide on low back pain myths? 

We think it does a good job of busting some of the big ones!

If you can avoid these common and pervasive ideas and understand your pain better, the literature says that you will have a better recovery. Knowledge is power.

Read the list of myths and see how many you have been told in the past! 

Let us know your score!

Keep a careful eye out for them into the future too!

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Russell Mackenzie
Russell Mackenzie
Russell is a physiotherapist and clinic owner in Adelaide, South Australia. He received his physiotherapy degree from UniSA in 1994, and has since also become a Credentialed McKenzie Therapist. Russell is the co-owner of Adelaide West Physio + Pilates and more recently, Adelaide West Headache Clinic, which was formed after becoming a Watson Headache Certified Practitioner to show his dedication and passion for headache and migraine treatment. Russell also aims to spread the word about the role of physiotherapy and non-surgical methods of helping persistent pain, low back pain and other conditions. Learn more about Russell on our About Us page.
Russell Mackenzie

Russell Mackenzie

Russell is a physiotherapist and clinic owner in Adelaide, South Australia. He received his physiotherapy degree from UniSA in 1994, and has since also become a Credentialed McKenzie Therapist. Russell is the co-owner of Adelaide West Physio + Pilates and more recently, Adelaide West Headache Clinic, which was formed after becoming a Watson Headache Certified Practitioner to show his dedication and passion for headache and migraine treatment. Russell also aims to spread the word about the role of physiotherapy and non-surgical methods of helping persistent pain, low back pain and other conditions. Learn more about Russell on our About Us page.
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