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What are herniated or slipped discs and how can they cause back pain?

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The bones of your spine are cushioned by discs, often referred to as “shock absorbers.” When they wear down, the soft tissue between them begins to squeeze out. This is when you start to feel it -- especially if they rupture. It can happen if you’ve had a sudden injury, or because of simple wear and tear.

From: Why Does My Lower Back Hurt? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Centers for Disease Control: “Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans 2014.”

Lancet , August 2015.

Chien, JJ. Dec. 2008. Curr Pain Headache Rep.

UpToDate: “Low Back Pain in Adults: Beyond the Basics.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Degenerative Disc Disease;” “Understanding Arthritis;” and “What is Ankylosing Spondylitis?”

UCLA Spine Center: “Sacroiliac Joint Disease” and “What You should know about radiculopathy.”

American Academy of Orthpaedic Surgeons: “Lumbar Spinal Stenosis;” “Sciatica;” and “Spinal/vertebral fractures.” 

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Low Back Pain Fact Sheet.”

Cedars-Sinai: “Back Spasm.”

Society for Vascular Surgery (Vascularweb.org): “Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Muskuloskeletal and Skin Diseases.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 28, 2018

SOURCES:

Centers for Disease Control: “Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans 2014.”

Lancet , August 2015.

Chien, JJ. Dec. 2008. Curr Pain Headache Rep.

UpToDate: “Low Back Pain in Adults: Beyond the Basics.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Degenerative Disc Disease;” “Understanding Arthritis;” and “What is Ankylosing Spondylitis?”

UCLA Spine Center: “Sacroiliac Joint Disease” and “What You should know about radiculopathy.”

American Academy of Orthpaedic Surgeons: “Lumbar Spinal Stenosis;” “Sciatica;” and “Spinal/vertebral fractures.” 

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Low Back Pain Fact Sheet.”

Cedars-Sinai: “Back Spasm.”

Society for Vascular Surgery (Vascularweb.org): “Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Muskuloskeletal and Skin Diseases.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 28, 2018

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