Over 80% of people experience an episode of low back pain
Herniated disk, also called a slipped disk or ruptured disk, occurs when the spongy, jelly-like material found between the vertebrae in the spine bulge out of place. This becomes a problem when the disk bulge contacts a nerve or narrows the spinal canal (stenosis).
A person’s occupation and age can contribute to a herniated disk. People with physically demanding jobs, or jobs that require repeated movements like lifting or twisting, have a greater risk of herniated disk.
Genetics also plays a major role in herniated disk as it does in many other health-related conditions. A person may inherit a predisposition for herniated disk.
Many people never know they have a herniated disk.