57% of American adults over age sixty and 20% under age sixty have at least one herniated disc, also commonly referred to as a bulging or slipped disk.
What it feels like:
Those with a herniated disk in the lumbar spine may experience the following:
Who is affected?
- Low back pain
- Leg pain
- Numbness/tingling/weakness in the leg and/or foot
Herniated discs most commonly affect older adults. How common is it?
This condition is extremely common especially in older adults. Younger patients who experience a herniated disk most likely have suffered an injury. Risk factors:
- Lack of exercise
- Occupation that requires long periods of sitting
- Physical therapy
- Steroid injections
- Surgery in some cases
Sometimes called a slipped or ruptured disk, a herniated disk most often occurs in your lower back. It is one of the most common causes of low back pain, as well as leg pain (sciatica). Between 60% and 80% of people will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. A high percentage of people will have low back and leg pain caused by a herniated disk. Although a herniated disk can sometimes be very painful, most people feel much better with just a few weeks or months of nonsurgical treatment.
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