Herniated Disc (cont.)
IN THIS ARTICLE
Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.
Wear and tear, also called disc degeneration, is the usual cause of a herniated disc. As we age, the discs in our back lose some of the fluid that helps them stay flexible. The outer layer of the discs can form tiny tears or cracks. The thick gel inside the disc may be forced out through those cracks and cause the disc to bulge or break open.
This can also happen when you injure your back. Injury can occur from:
eMedicineHealth Medical Reference from Healthwise
To learn more visit Healthwise.org