(HealthDay News) -- A herniated disk occurs when a soft pad between the vertebrae of the spine slips out, pressing against nearby nerves and causing pain.
Here are common risk factors, courtesy of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:
Lifting objects incorrectly.
Being a smoker.
Applying sudden pressure to the spine.
Repeated straining of the back muscles.
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