Myth 1: Something you did at one time caused the pain
While lifting something too heavy or a slip-and-fall accident could be the culprit, disk degeneration from small micro-tears that go unnoticed over time could be the real cause. Spinal disks are like small jelly donuts: cushions of collagen and water sandwiched between the vertebrae of your spine to help it move.
A herniated disk or “slipped” disk causes pain and inflammation when it bulges out and presses on a nearby nerve root. When a disk ruptures, fluid leaks out, putting pressure on nerve endings in the lower back.