Slipped Discs

What Causes Herniated Discs?

Herniated discs can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose herniated discs, we could:

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  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "herniated discs" as a symptom.  For example, poor musculoskeletal health.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
history of stress fractures
moderate morning stiffness
joint pain/swelling/stiffness
loss of height
history of many broken bones
shoulder tightness
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of herniated discs.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate spinal problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Have you ever had a herniated disc ("slipped disc")?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Probably
→ Yes, one minor episode
→ Yes, several minor or one major episode
→ Yes, several major episodes
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate herniated disc(s), The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Poor Musculoskeletal Health.
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