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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.

-- Diana Kohnle

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