(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.