A herniated disc is one of the most common causes of low back pain.
In fact, sixty to eighty percent of the population will experience back pain at some point during their lifetime, and a large percentage of that population will seek treatment for a herniated disc. Ninety five percent of all disc herniations occur at the lumbar spine, with the most common levels of disc herniation being at L4/5, or L5/S1, the lowest two levels in your back.
A herniated disc occurs most often in adults between the ages of 30 and 40.
At this age, the inner part of the disc is still very “jelly like” and prone to injury when a large force is applied to the disc. As we age, the inside of the disc changes or “dries out” and the risk of herniation is greatly reduced.
Symptoms of a Disc Herniation
- Low back pain, central, right or left sided.
- Pain with bending, coughing, sneezing, sitting or lifting.
- Pain in the morning.
- If the disc herniation touches the nerves in your low back, you could also experience pain down your leg, numbness in your legs anywhere from your buttocks to your feet, weakness in your legs, or pins and needles in your legs.