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How did I get a herniated disk?


Disk herniation is most often the result of gradual, aging-related wear & tear called disk degeneration. As we age, disks become less flexible & more prone to tearing/rupturing with even a minor strain or twist.

Most people can't pinpoint the cause of their herniated disk. Sometimes, using your back muscles instead of your leg & thigh muscles to lift heavy objects can lead to a herniated disk, as can twisting & turning while lifting. Rarely, a traumatic event such as a fall or a blow to the back is the cause.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/herniated-disk/symptoms-causes/syc-20354095

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