Health Tip: Risk Factors for a Herniated Disk

(HealthDay News) -- A herniated spinal disk may cause significant pain and discomfort as the disk matter presses on a nearby nerve.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons mentions these common risk factors for a herniated disk:

  • Lifting a heavy object improperly.

  • Being a smoker.

  • Being overweight, which adds strain to the disks of the lower back.

  • Engaging in repetitive activities that stress the lower back.